Second Somali MP killed in two days

Rebels shot dead a Somali lawmaker a day after blowing up one of his colleagues in his car, and vowed to keep killing politicians and wreck efforts to secure the country.

Second Somali MP killed in two days

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Somali lawmaker was killed on Tuesday morning by unidentified gunmen in the Mogadishu, the second assassination of a legislator in the capital in 24 hours.

"Gunmen opened fire on Abdel-Aziz Isaak as he stepped out of his home in Madina district, killing him instantly, before fleeing the scene," one eyewitness told Anadolu Agency, refusing to be named.

A police force has already arrived in the place, added the witness.

Al Shabaab told Reuters the latest killing was meant to send a message to Western-backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who on Tuesday was due to wrap up a three-day conference on improving security in the capital.

"This proves that they cannot and will never do anything about security ... More serious killings are on the way," said al Shabaab's military spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab.

The shooting came less than 24 hours after MP Isak Mohamed Rino was killed when an explosive charge planted in his car went off.

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said the violence would not deter his government from securing peace.

An unnamed leader of Al-Shabaab told a radio station linked to the militant group Monday that they had planned and executed Rino assassination.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The country had appeared to inch closer to stability with the recent installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with combatting Al-Shabaab.

 

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