Africa

Somali MP Isak Mohamed Rino killed by Mogadishu car bomb

  • 21 April 2014
  • From the section Africa
A Somali police officer looks at the wreckage of the car in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, April, 21, 2014.
Image caption Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed condemned the car bomb as a "cowardly attack"

A Somali MP has been killed by a car bomb in the capital, Mogadishu, officials say.

Islamist group al-Shabab told Reuters news agency it was behind the attack on MP Isak Mohamed Rino.

Another MP, Mohamed Ali, was wounded in the blast, which comes as the government hosts a security conference.

Pro-government forces have made gains from al-Shabab in recent years but the al-Qaeda-linked group still controls many southern rural areas.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed condemned the car bomb as a "cowardly attack".

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Sunday opened a three-day conference, saying the "culture of lawlessness that has plagued Somalia for the last 23 years is coming to an end".

Al-Shabab frequently stages attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

Somalia has been ravaged by constant warfare since 1991, when Siad Barre was ousted.

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