Somalia’s youngest minister killed by friendly fire in Mogadishu

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The Minister of Public Works and Housing, Abdullah Abbas Siraj, was killed on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, after his car was attacked by government forces after approaching an official convoy near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, according to a minister and witnesses.

“Somali soldiers shot at the car, which was carrying Abdullah Abbas Siraj, the Minister of Public Works, which led to his immediate death,” Information Minister Abdul Rahman Othman Yreisou said in a tweet on his account on the site of Twitter posts. Additional details are mentioned.

According to eyewitnesses, the dead minister was traveling in his own car, but came under fire after approaching the procession, which is carrying an unnamed government official near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

The dead minister, Abdullah Abbas Siraj, 32, was younger than the post of minister in Somalia after Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khair appointed him as minister of public works and housing.

For her part, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Mariam Kassem, in a tweet via Twitter, said that “Abbas Siraj was an ambitious young man and was working well to achieve an achievement for the ministry,” expressing “its condolences to the families of the deceased.”

There was no immediate comment from Somali security services on the details of the incident.

By Bashiir Addow Ahmed

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