The Somali government said it was investigating the killing Wednesday of the public works and reconstruction minister, who was shot by another government official’s bodyguards.
Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, 31, was fatally shot near the Presidential Palace, Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman told VOA.
Witnesses told VOA Somali that Siraji was hit by gunshots fired from a vehicle in which Auditor General Nur Jimale Farah was riding.
Farah told VOA Somali that his bodyguards suspected a vehicle behind them was transporting a suicide bomber. The vehicles were about 500 meters from the Presidential Palace when the bodyguards opened fire, Farah said.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who was in Addis Ababa, posted these messages on Twitter:
Pres Farmaajo, "I am deeply saddened by the death of minister Abass. He was young, diligent and patriotic"
— Villa Somalia (@TheVillaSomalia) May 3, 2017