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Somalia's deputy Attorney General gunned down

Africa Review
Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Gunmen armed with pistols Thursday evening killed the deputy Attorney General of the Somali government, Mr Ahmed Malim Sheikh Nur.

He is the most senior official killed in the capital since a new government took office last year.

The killing in the Yakshid district of north Mogadishu was confirmed by Mr Mohamed Hassan, the country's deputy prosecutor.

"The deceased was attacked soon after he left Ramadan Mosque," said Mr Hassan, who said that the killers then fled the scene.

"He died [on the spot] while a companion was wounded."

Mr Hassan Ali Hayle, the country's Attorney General, told the media Friday that the deceased was his college-mate, having graduated together from the Somali National University in 1980.

Eyewitnesses said the killing was carried out by three men.

Security officials have been combing the scene of the crime for clues as to the perpetrators.

"Despite the initial failure to capture the assailants, we are continuing with investigations," Yakshid district commissioner Mohydin Jurus said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing, who was also a well known jurist in the city.

On April 14, militants loyal to Al-Shabaab, the radical Islamist group, assaulted the compound housing the courts in Mogadishu, killing over 20 people.

Last Sunday, a journalist, Mr Mohamed Ibrahim Rageh, was killed in Mogadishu, also by unidentified gunmen.


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