Somalia’s Public Works Minister shot dead in Mogadishu


PUBLISHED Wed, May 03, 2017 - 1:37pm EDT
Photo: Abass Siraji


Somalia's Minister of Public Works and Reconstruction, Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, has been shot and killed by soldiers in the capital Mogadishu. It is reported that soldiers may have mistakenly opened fire. (more)





The incident happened on early Wednesday evening when Siraji came under fire as he drove his vehicle near the presidential palace, which is known as Villa Somalia. He was killed with a single shot which penetrated the car's front window.

"Somali Minister of Public works died this evening in Mogadishu following gunfire from soldiers," Information Minister Abdirahman Osman said. "[He] was the youngest in the cabinet [and] had [a] full and promising future ahead of him."

President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed said he was "deeply saddened" by the news and said he would cut short his visit to Ethiopia to attend the minister's funeral. He praised Siraji as "diligent and patriotic."

"I've ordered the security heads to immediately get to the bottom of this unfortunate tragedy and make sure the perpetrators are brought to book," Mohamed said in a statement.

Officials provided no information about the circumstances of the shooting, but Radio Dalsan cited a source as saying that soldiers may have perceived the vehicle as a threat. Further information was not immediately available.

Siraji was sworn in as Minister of Public Works and Reconstruction on April 4 and, at age 31, he was the youngest member of Somalia's cabinet. Siraji's age and background as a former refugee made him popular among the country's youth.

We're working to gather more information.

This is a breaking news alert. Please check back or follow @BNONews on Twitter as details become available. If you want to receive breaking news alerts by email, click here to sign up. You can also like BNO News on Facebook by clicking here.





  Mogadishu, Somalia     

 

LEAVE COMMENTS



HAPPENING NOW


AROUND THE WEB




 

LIVE WIRE

Salford University near Manchester evacuated due to suspicious package     14 hrs  

New York Amber Alert: McKenzie Wilson abducted from Lyndon     15 hrs  

22 dead in explosion at the Manchester Arena in England     1 day  

Aeromexico plane collides with utility truck at LAX, injuring 8     3 days  

California Amber Alert: Baby abducted from San Francisco     4 days  



.
email alerts



Just want the important news? Sign up now for the fastest email alerts from BNO News. Click here to get started!



Happening Now

5 civilians killed in U.S. ground raid in Yemen - Reprieve      12 hrs  

Salford University near Manchester evacuated due to suspicious package     14 hrs  

New York Amber Alert: McKenzie Wilson abducted from Lyndon     15 hrs  

U.S. forces conduct ground raid in central Yemen, killing 7     1 day  

WATCH LIVE: Sky News coverage of Manchester Arena attack     1 day  





More World

5 civilians killed in U.S. ground raid in Yemen - Reprieve      12 hrs  

U.S. forces conduct ground raid in central Yemen, killing 7     1 day  

WATCH LIVE: Sky News coverage of Manchester Arena attack     1 day  

22 dead in explosion at the Manchester Arena in England     1 day  

Michael Flynn declines subpoena to provide documents     1 day