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 copyright AP
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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