Somali-American engineer shot dead in Mogadishu, Al-Shabaab blamed
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A Somali-American man who was working with the local administration in Mogadishu was assassinated last night by unknown gunmen in the Somali capital, as witnesses and officials confirmed.
Engineer Abdullahi Ali Anshur, who had lived for a while in Minnesota, was ambushed by armed men in Mogadishu’s Hodan district, shooting at him several times and making way with his car. “Two men armed with pistols stopped the engineer’s vehicle, after which a small argument ensued. Shortly after they forcefully pulled him out of his car and opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the road while they stole his car” a witness told Harar24.
Ali Seko, a spokesman for the local Mogadishu administration, confirmed the incident and accused Al-Shabaab of being behind the murder. He further commented that he was “a well-experienced engineer who came back from the United States to help rebuild his country”. “We send our condolences to his family and friends on their loss” he added. The Islamist Al-Shabaab movement however haven’t claimed responsibility for the attack or commented on it.
Sources close to the late engineer have told Harar24 that his wife Halima Yarey is a prominent activist for women rights. She left yesterday morning accompanying the President’s delegation to Copenhagen, where they were participating in a donor conference for Somalia. However she was forced to cut short her trip after the killing of her husband in order to participate in his funeral and burial.
Mogadishu for the past few days has been witnessing a string of attacks targeting government officials, with Al-Shabaab’s appointed governor for the Benadir region threatening to step up attacks in a recorded message broadcasted from the group’s radio station yesterday.