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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Youngest minister in Somalia reportedly shot dead in his car

Youngest minister in Somalia reportedly shot dead in his car

Somalia's security forces have shot dead a 31-year-old government minister after mistaking him for a militant Islamist, officials have said.



Mr Abas was a former refugee who grew up in Dadaab camp in Kenya, home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis who fled drought and civil war.

He became the country's youngest MP last November, aged 31, when he defeated a former minister.

Much of Somalia is still under the control of Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

The country held elections in February and Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo became the new president in a surprise result.

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