Somalia: Government minister killed in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The government of Somalia is investigating the killing on  Wednesday of its Public Works and Reconstruction minister, who was allegedly shot by another government official's bodyguards.

Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, 31, was fatally shot near the Presidential Palace, according to Information minister Abdirahman Omar Osman.

Witnesses in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, said on Thursday that Siraji was hit by gunshots fired from a vehicle in which Auditor General Nur Jimale Farah was riding.

Osman said Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who was on official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  posted these messages on Twitter: "We are very sorry about the incident that happened in Mogadishu this evening that killed one of our youngest, brightest ministers, Minister of Public Works Abbas Siraji. ... Our Somali leaders have sent their condolences to the families and to all Somalis."

He said Siraji "was full of promise and energy and commitment, determination, loyalty and nationalism, so we are in a state of shock."

In a statement, the Somali government paid tribute to the late minister, describing him as a "rising star."

Siraji was the youngest minister to serve in the cabinet that Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire announced in March. He was among the first Somali refugees to return to the country last year from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, where he grew up. His family had fled to the camp when he was a child, following the collapse of the Somali state in 1991.

Siraji got his primary and high school education in Dadaab. He received his university education in Garissa and Nairobi; he studied computer science, according to information he gave to the government. In 2011, he returned from the camp to Kismayo, a port city in the southern Lower Juba region of Somalia.
-0- PANA AR 4May2017

04 Maio 2017 18:04:23




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