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Al Shabab claims responsibility for the assassination of Somali parliamentarian

Hiiraan Online
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin
Monday, April 21, 2014

The Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabab militants fighting the federal government and AU peacekeepers in Somalia have claimed  responsibility for Monday’s car bomb that killed a parliamentarian in the heart of Mogadishu.

Earlier in the day, the lawmaker Isaq Mohamed Riino was killed when a bomb assembled in his car went off.

Another parliamentarian Mahmoud Ali Dhuux and two civilians were wounded in the explosion in the Hamar weyne district.

The law maker was killed en route to a security conference in Mogadishu.

The group’s Al Andalus radio broadcasted that the brutal assassination was carried out by AL Shabab  brigades in the capital Mogadishu.

Al Shabab previously controlled more than half of Somali capital Mogadishu before they were ousted out of the city on 6th of August 2011, but the militants have been waging their attacks on government bases and targeted assassinations since then.

Monday’s attack comes a day after the new mayor of Mogadishu General Hassan Mohamed Hussein said that the security situation in the capital has developed for the past several weeks.

He was speaking at the launching ceremony of a three-day national security conference which entered its second day on Monday.

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