Mogadishu mayor recovers from his injuries – Somali Minister
Somalia’s Minister of Youth and Sports Khadijo Mohamed says Mogadishu mayor Abdirahman Osman is recovering from his injuries while he is a hospital in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
Mohamed says mayor Osman is recovering gradually after he was injured seriously in a suicide attack claimed by Al Shabaab last week at his office in Mogadishu.
While speaking to the media, she also thanked Qatari medical officials for their tireless efforts to treat Mogadishu mayor and other victims who were airlifted from Mogadishu to Doha for medical treatment on Thursday.
“Mogadishu mayor’s condition is getting better day after day. I would like to thank Qatar for its brotherly support”, she said.
On July 24, a female bomber blew herself up inside municipality headquarters as mayor of Mogadishu Abdirahman Osman and security officers were holding a security meeting, killing at least 11 people.
Mogadishu mayor Osman was also injured seriously in the latest suicide attack claimed by Al Shabaab whole the group said it was targeting UN envoy to Somalia who met mayor Osman earlier the day.
Mr. Osman and ten other local government officials were airlifted to Qatar’s capital, Doha for medical treatment.
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.