Somali member of parliament assassinated

A Somali parliamentarian was killed and another lawmaker injured in a car bomb attack on their vehicle as they drove to a security conference on Monday. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for what the prime minister called a "cowardly attack" that claimed the life of "a committed parliamentarian."

By JC Finley

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 21 (UPI) -- Somali parliamentarian Isack Mohamed Ali -- aka Isack Rino -- was killed Monday in a car bomb attack while he and fellow lawmaker Mohamud Abdi-dhuuh were driving to a security conference. The bomb had been placed under one of the car seats.

Abdi-dhuuh was seriously injured and four passersby were also injured.


Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed condemned the "cowardly attack" and recognized the deceased as "a committed parliamentarian who worked tirelessly to serve the people of Somalia and help rebuild our country."

The prime minister insisted, "This cowardly attack will not derail the progress made in Mogadishu and across Somalia. The security agencies will investigate this cowardly killing and ensure that those who carried out this attack face justice."

Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility in a statement posted online Monday.


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