Somalia orders investigation into minister's killing

On Wednesday, government forces killed minister of public works and reconstruction after mistaking him for militant  

Somalia orders investigation into minister's killing

World Bulletin / News Desk

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Thursday directed an investigation into the killing of a minister by government forces.

“I have ordered the security heads to immediately investigate this unfortunate tragedy and make sure the perpetrators are brought to book,” Mohamed said in a statement.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of minister Abbas. He was young and patriotic,” he added.

Abbas Siraj, the 31-year-old Minister of Public Works and Reconstruction, was killed after forces belonging to Somali government opened fire on his car after mistaking him for a militant near the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Wednesday.

Abbas, a former humanitarian worker, was the youngest minister in Somali cabinet of ministers. He grew up and studied in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and was elected from Kismayo as member of Somali parliament in 2016.

The president cut short his visit to Ethiopia to take part in the state burial of the minister.

Meanwhile, African Union Commission’s Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat offered condolence over the killing.

“My sincere condolences to the family of Minister Abbas Abdullahi Siraj, the government and people of Somalia. The AU stands in solidarity with you,” Mahamat said in a statement posted on his twitter account.

 
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