Somali journalist arrested for questioning over attack in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU – Somali police soldiers have arrested a female journalist, who was attending mourning ceremony in the capital of Mogadishu.
Journalist Filsan working for Mogadishu Cable TV was taken into criminal investigation department to question her about her sister’s background, who carried out Wednesday’s bomb attack on Mogadishu mayor’s office in the Somali capital.
The attack claimed by al Shabaab left ten people dead while mayor Abdirahman Osman was seriously injured in the bomb explosion.
He says Filsan would be released as soon as possible after police interrogation is ended.
Somali police believed Filsan’s sister Basira Abdi Mohamed wearing a suicide vest had blown herself up inside a hall where security meeting was ongoing.
Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor of Social Affairs and Public Awareness at Mogadishu Municipality, Basma Amir Ahmed was also accused of being involved in Wednesday’s suicide explosion.
Wednesday’s attack was claimed by al Shabaab through its media.
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.