One of the most knowledgeable Islamic scholars in Somalia, Sheikh Abdulkadir Nur Farah, who was the mufti of the country's norther n Puntland region, was killed Friday afternoon inside a mosque in Garowe, Garowe Online reports.
Beder mosque in Garowe, where Sheikh Abdulkadir Nur Farah was killed by terrorists [Feb. 15, 2013 - DunidaOnline.com]
Civilians praying at the mosque quickly overwhelmed the killer, who shot and wounded a young male and a woman bystander as he tried to escape.
The killer has been detained by Puntland security forces and witnesses said the killer looks like a teenager between 14 and 20 years old. Security officials have confirmed that a second man, believed to be helper to the killer, has also been detained and security forces are following up closely on information provided by the killer and his accomplice, sources added.
Sheikh Abdulkadir offered afternoon prayers at Beder mosque near his house in Garowe and prayed in the first row.
Sheikh Abdulkadir Nur Farah, the late Mufti of Puntland
Al Shabaab terrorist group had been threatening to kill Sheikh Abdulkadir and other Islamic scholars in Puntland and Somalia in general for years and Sheikh Abdulkadir was actively involved in advocacy campaign to discredit Al Shabaab group’s terrorist agenda in Somalia.
On Dec. 5, 2011, Sheikh Ahmed Haji Abdirahman, a learned scholar and colleague of Sheikh Abdulkadir who was also from Puntland, was killed after morning prayers outside of a mosque in the Puntland port city of Bossaso.
Al Shabaab terrorist group has targeted the best and brightest of Puntland society, killing civilians, including elders, businesspeople, Islamic clergy, and government officials.
The late Sheikh Abdulkadir led an organization that manages thousands of Islamic schools across Puntland and was actively waging a campaign to portray true Islam and discredit the terrorists’ misinterpretation of Islam and particularly focusing on educating the vulnerable youth.
(Article updated on February 18, 2012)