Sabahi (Washington, DC)

23 July 2014

Somalia: Somali Lawmaker and Singer Saado Ali Warsame Assassinated in Mogadishu

Photo: Dalsan Radio
Saado Ali Warsame

Prominent Somali singer-songwriter and lawmaker Saado Ali Warsame was assassinated Wednesday (July 23rd) in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu.

"Lawmaker Saado Ali Warsame was killed with her driver by unidentified gunmen," police officer Mohamed Hassan said according to AFP.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen ambushed Warsame's car as it was travelling near Maka al-Mukarama Road.

"I saw the gunmen driving in a car following the MP, then they opened fire... she died instantly and the gunmen then escaped," said Abdukadir Ali, a witness. "The dead body of the lawmaker and her driver were left in a pool of blood."

Al-Shabaab said specially trained forces carried out the assassination, according to the militant group's Radio Andalus website.

Warsame was famous for her songs in the 1980s, when she sang about political and social justice in opposition to the hard-line rule of Mohamed Siad Barre before his government was toppled in 1991.

Warsame, who joined Somalia's parliament in August 2012, is the fourth Somali lawmaker to be killed since the start of the year, and the second lawmaker to be killed during the month of Ramadan.

In April, al-Shabaab militants threatened to kill the country's lawmakers "one by one".

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