6 December 2013

Somalia: Bomb Blast Kills Federal MP in Mogadishu

Federal Member of parliament and the chairman of parliamentary sub-committee on social affairs Mohamed Warsame Faysal was killed in a bomb blast in Mogadishu on Friday, Garowe Online reports.

Witnesses said the lawmaker died of serious injuries to his upper body shortly after a bomb suspected to have been attached beneath his car's seat went off inside a parking lot near Villa Somalia Presidential Palace.

Parliament Speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari sent condolences to the family of late Faysal in a press statement saying security authorities are launching investigations into the incident that raised concern among the public.

Independent sources in Mogadishu told Garowe Online that the targeted MP had since been a close associate of the outgoing Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon.

The scene of the attack is located near a heavily-fortified compound, Villa Somalia where Somali Federal Government's high-ranking officials have offices.

Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group continues to pose security threats to Mogadishu-based institutions and Federal Government officials making the situation extremely volatile.

Copyright © 2013 Garowe Online. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.