Somalia's Al-Shabaab claims Monday's MP killing

By Nour Geidi, Monday, April 21, 2014

MOGADISHU – The militant Al-Shabaab movement has claimed responsibility for the Monday assassination of a Somali lawmaker.

"The mujahedeen managed to assassinate lawmaker Isak Mohamed Rino today," an unnamed leader of Al-Shabaab told the allied Al-Andalus news agency.

He said the "mujahedeen" had also wounded another man, without elaborating.

Vowing more attacks on Somali government officials, the Al-Shabaab leader said the plan for assassinating Rino had been "well-studied."

Following the detonation of an explosive charge planted in Rino's car on Monday, the Somali MP was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. But he soon succumbed to his injuries, an eyewitness said, giving no further details.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The country had appeared to inch closer to stability with the recent installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with combatting Al-Shabaab.

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