Mogadishu mayor’s body to return home
MOGADISHU — Somalia is preparing to bury the body of Mogadishu mayor Abdirahman Osman, who will be flown from Qatar’s capital Doha to the capital of Mogadishu.
Osman died in Doha hospital after being badly wounded in an al-Shabaab attack in his office last week, the government of Somalia said.
Osman’s body will be laid to rest on Saturday morning in Mogadishu, a local government official, who asked to be anonymous said.
He was seriously in his office last week while chairing a security meeting.
At least 10 people, including three Mogadishu district commissioners, also died in the attack that was claimed by Al Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked armed group fighting to overthrow Somalia’s government.
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.