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Somali Shebab kill local lawmaker

AFP , Saturday 18 Apr 2015
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Somalia's Shebab shot dead a lawmaker in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, the latest in a string of assassinations of politicians in the war-torn country.

Adan Haji Hussein, an MP in the semi-autonomous northern Puntland region, was killed on the streets of the capital Mogadishu, where he was visiting, a Shebab spokesman told AFP.

"Our commandos shot and killed Adan for being a member of the apostate adminstration," Abdulaziz Abu Musab said.

"All MPs, whether they are regional or so-called national MPs, we will kill them."

Omar Dalha, a fellow MP, confirmed the killing and called on the government to investigate the murder.

The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels are fighting to overthrow the country's internationally backed government.

They are also fighting the authorities in Puntland, where the Islamists have bases in rugged and remote mountains.

Shebab attacks in Somalia have targeted key government and security sites in an apparent bid to discredit claims by the authorities and African Union troops that they are winning the war.

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