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‘Troops mistakenly’ kill Somali minister

By on May 4, 2017

Somalia’s security forces have shot dead a 31-year-old government minister after mistaking him for a militant Islamist, officials have said.
He was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, the officials added.
He grew up in a refugee camp, and became Somalia’s youngest MP in November and a minister in February.

The minister was in his vehicle near the presidential palace when he was shot
Security forces on patrol came across a vehicle blocking the road and, thinking it was being driven by militants, opened fire.
Mr Abas was killed “by mistake – they opened fire on his car accidentally. May God rest his soul”, Mogadishu mayoral spokesman Abdifatah Omar Halane was quoted as saying.

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