Somalia’s minister of public works may have been mistakenly killed by the country's own soldiers, according to reports.
31-year-old Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji was shot near the presidential palace by soldiers guarding another Minister. He was the youngest cabinet member in the country.
EWN Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish says Siraji was raised in a refugee camp and appointed cabinet minister in February this year.
Its a real tragedy and its a set back for a country trying so desperately to regain normalcy after years of weak government and conflict.— JJ Cornish, Africa Correspondent
'Rising star' of Somalia's government shot dead by security forces who mistook him for a militant https://t.co/PUsgZwqQN4— TIME (@TIME) May 5, 2017
Tragic: youngest MP and minister and rising star Abas Abdullahi Sheikh killed in Mogadishu by friendly fire https://t.co/Cw5K9u9kMV— Kim Ghattas (@BBCKimGhattas) May 5, 2017
Two soldiers were arrested but the motivations for shooting Siraji are still not clear, including whether it was an accident or not.
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