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Somali member of Parliament and folk singer assassinated

Somali lawmaker and folk singer Saado Ali Warsame was shot and killed by al-Shabaab on Wednesday in Mogadishu.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   July 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 23 (UPI) -- The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for killing Somali member of Parliament Saado Ali Warsame.

She was targeted, al-Shabaab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told the BBC, because of her politics and not her singing.

In addition to being a lawmaker, Warsame was also a well known folk singer.

Militants killed her and a bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu on Wednesday.

As a performer, Warsame gained fame through her political songs that criticized then-Somali President Siad Barre, who was deposed in 1991.

She returned to Somalia in 2012 to take a position in Parliament as a representative of her clan. Prior to her appointment, she spent a significant amount of time in the United States.

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