Mogadishu Mayor recovers as he is in Doha hospital
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Mayor of Mogadishu Abdirahman Omar Osman, who was seriously injured ide attack at his office in the Somali capital, is recovering gradually after he was hospitalized in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
Mayor Osman was airlifted on Thursday to Qatar for emergency treatment, according to a local government official, who asked to be anonymous, because he was unauthorized to speak on media.
He said Mr. Osman is in Doha hospital, recovering from a suicide attack injuries.
Qatari medical officials are also treating ten other local government officials were injured in Wednesday’s bomb attack on municipality headquarters in Mogadishu.
Wednesday’s attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber and was claimed by group al-Shabab.
The group says it was targeting the newly appointed UN special envoy to Somalia, James Swan, who had met the mayor at the offices earlier in the day, to discuss progress and challenges in the capital and surrounding areas.
On Tuesday, al-Shabab claimed for a suicide attack at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu where 17 people, including soldiers, were killed.
The rebel group also carried out a deadly attack on a hotel in the city of Kismayo, some 500km south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing 33 people.