Gunmen kill Somali lawmaker in drive-by shooting, police say

AP News
Posted: Feb 09, 2015 6:34 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen shot and killed a Somali lawmaker in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital on Monday, a police official said.

The attack on Abdullahi Qayad Barre took place in an area close to the presidential palace in Mogadishu, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. Gunmen traveling in a car sprayed bullets into the lawmaker's car as he was heading to parliament, he said.

The al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a string of violence targeting the country's legislators for assassination.

Al-Shabab militants killed five members of the Somali parliament last year, while two others survived similar attacks.

Al-Shabab, which is fighting to impose Shariah law in Somalia, has carried out many attacks against government officials, African Union peacekeepers and United Nations staff in a deadly campaign of suicide bombings and gun attacks.

Militant attacks have continued despite the ouster in 2011 of al-Shabab from its bases in Mogadishu.