Another Somali MP shot dead in Mogadishu


The car of the killed MP


Somali militants, Al Shabaab, are suspected to have gunned down another Somali Member of Parliament in the capital, Mogadishu.

MP Yusuf Dirir was shot dead in Mogadishu when gunmen opened fire on his car.

Three workers from the Transport Ministry also died in a separate drive-by shooting on Saturday.

Police told BBC that Dirir gunmen in a minibus blocked the MP’s route and sprayed the car with bullets.

“He was a man that has long served his country and wanted to see a united Somalia,” said speaker of parliament, Mohamed Osman Jawari.

Another legislator was wounded in the attack bringing the number to five MPs killed since last year.

Somali army battles insurgents

The militants are said to have also clashed with government troops early Saturday in Awdigle district and Mubarak village, south of Mogadishu.

At least 17 people were reportedly been killed, according to witnesses who spoke to Reuters.

Al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda, was pushed out of Somalia’s capital by African peacekeeping forces in 2011.

They, however, continue to stage targeted attacks and killings in the capital and other parts of the war-torn Horn of African nation.

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