Al-Shabaab Claims Killing Of Somali Deputy Attorney General

The Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the assassination of Somalia’s deputy attorney general on Wednesday in Mogadishu.

Authorities say the attack took place in the Hodan district as Mohamed Abdirahman Mursal left home for work.

Witnesses told VOA Somali that two men on a motorcycle blocked his way, ordered him to exit the car and shot him dead.

The reason for the attack was not known, although al-Shabab has in the past assassinated government officials, civil servants, soldiers and elders.

The men, who were armed with pistols, fled the scene in the car. Police later found the vehicle abandoned. Somali officials condemned the attack on Mursal and described him as a rising attorney who studied Islamic law in Saudi Arabia.

One official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mursal was planning to go to Qatar later this year to take courses for an advanced law degree. In September 2017, al-Shabab gunmen assassinated Mursal’s mother, Anab Abdullahi Hashi, who was secretary general of a Somali women’s organization.

Source: Voice of America