Mogadishu mayor laid to rest in Somali capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Mogadishu mayor Abdirahman Osman was laid to rest in the Somali capital on Sunday after Qatari air force airlifted his body from Doha to Mogadishu.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and premier Hassan Ali Khaire and other government officials attended his burial.

Osman died in Doha hospital last week after he was seriously injured in a suicide attack on his office in Mogadishu.

The attack was claimed by al Shabaab.

Somali armed group al-Shabab regularly targets places frequented by government officials in Somalia and also neighboring Kenya.

The militant group, founded in 2006, wants to impose a strict version of Islamic law and is fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government in Somalia.

The al Qaeda linked group used to control most major cities and towns in southern and central Somalia but a UN-mandated African Union peacekeeping force has pushed them out of those areas of the war-ravaged nation.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: