Somali security forces mistakenly shoot a minister


Somali security forces shot dead a minister for public works in his car in Mogadishu after mistaking him for an Islamist militant, officials said.

Mogadishu mayoral spokesman Abdifatah Omar Halane said the minister, Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, also a lawmaker, was killed “by mistake – they opened fire on his car accidentally. May God rest his soul”.

Police Major Nur Hussein told Reuters security forces on patrol encountered a car blocking the street and, believing it was driven by militants, opened fire.

Al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants often carry out attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in their campaign to topple Somalia’s government and drive out African Union peacekeeping troops out of the Horn of Africa country.