20 July 2013

Somalia: Armed Gunmen Kill Doctor As He Left a Mosque

Mogadishu — Armed gunmen shot and killed a doctor as he left a mosque in Elesha Biyaha - a suburb of Mogadishu - Friday night, Garowe Online reports.

As people were leaving a mosque in Elesha Biyaha after Tarawih prayers masked gunmen shot and killed Dr. Osman Abdirahman Ma'alin Fiqi a doctor in Elesha Biyaha at the Fiqi hospital. The masked gunmen carrying pistols escaped from the scene.

The murder of Dr. Osman Fiqi who father is a prominent doctor in Mogadishu had been working the country after returning from studying abroad.

Dr. Osman's uncle former National Security Agency Director Ahmed Ma'alin Fiqi stated his nephew had no affiliations to politics and that the act resembled Al Shabaab tactics.

"Dr. Osman had no ties to politics and we can't understand why he was killed; however the way he was killed is a style copied from how Al Shabaab kill those giving back to the community," said Fiqi.

The killing of the doctor follows the killing of Rahmo Dahir, Deputy Commissioner of Mogadishu's Yaqshid district on Thursday. Also on Thursday, four other people were killed in Mogadishu's Bakara market.

Somali Federal Government (SFG) President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud had long meetings with military and security officials in Mogadishu on Saturday discussing the state of security.

Reportedly President Hassan also discussed with military officials the UN Security Council arms embargo lift and how Somalia needed to fully protect the measures.

"Somalia was given [by the UN Security Council] a one year trial to see how we would use these arms, if we fail in this test then we have set precedence not to trust Somalia," said President Hassan during his speech at Villa Baidoa in Mogadishu.

The SFG is still compelled in an underground battle with Al Shabaab after the terrorist organization lost much of their strongholds in southern Somalia.

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