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Somalia’s youngest minister appointed in March, shot dead in Mogadishu

Somalia mourns the dead of their youngest minister who has been shot dead in an incident close to the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu. The slain minister was driving his car when the government soldiers opened fire and killed him in the process, reports say.

The 31-year-old Abbas Abdullahi Sheik Siraji was appointed Minister of Public Works and Reconstruction by Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheyre in March this year.

According to africanews.com, a Voice of America journalist in the country, Harun Maruf, confirmed that Siraji was shot by the bodyguards of another government official.

BREAKING: Somali minister for public works, Abdullahi Sheikh Abbas, has been shot dead in #Somalia‘s capital Mogadishu. pic.twitter.com/iXHsK6UmHE

— Farhan Jimale (@farhanjimale) May 3, 2017

 Mogadishu mayoral spokesman also confirmed the death of Siraji, disclosing that he was mistakenly shot by government forces who mistook him for a militant.

Reuters quotes Abdifatah Omar Halane as saying the minister who doubles as a parliamentarian was killed ‘‘by mistake – they opened fire on his car accidentally. May God rest his soul.’‘

Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, on Wednesday, said he was cutting an official visit to neighbouring Ethiopia in order to return and participate in the burial of the youngest minister in his government.

The official twitter handle of the presidency quoted the president as expressing his sadness at the loss of 31-year-old Abbas Abdullahi Sheik Siraji who he described as ‘young, diligent and intelligent.’

‘‘I am cutting short my visit to Ethiopia to mourn with my country and take part in the state burial of minister Abass,’‘ adding that ‘‘I’ve ordered the security heads to immediately get to the bottom of this unfortunate tragedy and make sure the perpetrators are brought to book.’‘

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