24 July 2014

Somalia: Al-Shebab Murders Somali Woman MP

Somalia's armed Islamists al-Shebab have shot and killed a female Somali lawmaker on Wednesday in Mogadishu. Sado Ali Warsameh was the second Somali MP killed in less than a month, police and members of the lawmakers said.

Sado Ali Warsameh, was killed in a drive-by shooting after she left her hotel in Mogadishu according to Ahmed Abdullahi, a police officer.

Attackers equipped with automatic rifles blocked the lawmaker's way and shot her and her driver several times in the chest and head, the officer told RFI by phone.

The militiamen vanished after they carried out the surprise attack.

Al-Shebab - who are they?

Al-Shebab, which has vowed to step up attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, has claimed the responsibility of the attack.

Osman Daallo, an MP and a comrade of Sado told RFI that the killing of the former singer has shocked many people in the capital Mogadishu.

Sado Ali Warsameh was a well-known singer who was formerly based in the US city of Minneapolis.

In 2012 she returned to Somalia and became one of the few women in the country's new parliament.

She is the fourth lawmaker to be assassinated in Mogadishu and her death will be a shattering blow to the government's attempt to establish security in the capital.

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