Somali MP killed in Mogadishu attack

MOGADISHU – A Somali lawmaker was killed and another injured in a drive-by shooting on Thursday in capital Mogadishu, eyewitnesses have said.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the two MPs as they left a hotel in central Mogadishu, according to witnesses.

Somali municipal official Abdel-Qadir Bashir confirmed that MP Mohamed Mohamud Hayd had been killed in the attack.

A soldier accompanying the two lawmakers was also killed, security sources said.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, vowing future assaults on "whoever works with the government."

In April, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the assassination of two lawmakers.

Somalia, a long-troubled Horn of Africa country, has remained in the grip of political violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

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

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