Security conference comes to an end amidst series of assassinations in Mogadishu
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A government led conference on security has come to an end amidst increasing violence which left four people dead in the last 24 hours in Mogadishu, the latest victim being a Somali MP just a day after another MP was killed.
Abdiaziz Isak Mursal, who was a Somali member of parliament, was shot in broad day light by Al-Shabaab gunmen as he left his house in the Dharkanley district. According to eyewitness the gunmen who were armed with pistols fled and escaped the scene after shooting him several times. “They came up to him and shot him several times, after that they immediately fled the area without anybody attempting to stop them. It seemed as if the MP died immediately” said Husein ‘Arale.
The attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda linked group Al-Shabaab, its military spokesman Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Mus’ab who addressed the media said: “We’re responsible for the killing of the apostate MP, who was working aiding the non-believing occupiers” Abu Mus’ab threatened of further similar attacks and claimed nothing could stop them. “They will be killed one by one and more serious killings are on the way” threatened the Al-Shabaab spokesman.
The Somali government and its prime minister condemned the attack in what they called a “horrific killing”. Many residents in Mogadishu are voicing their concern over the deteriorating security in the city and the lack of action by the government. “The situation is turning from bad to worse, we go to sleep at night with attacks ongoing and in the morning we wake up to hearing someone has been killed” said one of the residents who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “The government’s reaction has been confined to condemnations, mere words with no action” added the resident.
Today’s killing comes after a series of assassinations in Mogadishu which claimed four lives, including that of a Somali youth advocate and a Somali intelligence officer, who were both killed in the Bakara market, although nobody claimed responsibility.