Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble decried on Wednesday the killing of federal MP Amina Mohamed Abdi and linked her assassination to the disappearance of a female spy from her constituency.
“It is widely known the role parliamentarian Amina played in pursuit of justice for deceased Ikran Tahlil and it was days ago when attempts were made to loot her seat. She was killed so as the justice not to prevail and disappoint all those who defend justice,” Somali Premier said in a statement, in an apparent reference to allies of the President, who who had been earlier accused of murdering an intelligence officer.
Roble said attacks on Wednesday targeting the heavily fortified Halane base in Mogadishu and Hirshabelle presidential compound in Baladweyne were “linked” and had an intention to disrupt ongoing polls.
Two fighters of the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab forced their way into a highly-protected base inside Adan Adde International Airport in Mogadishu on Wednesday, killing a number of foreigners including African Union peacekeepers. The assault also temporarily disrupted operations at the airport after employees had ran for cover during hours-long fierce exchange of gunfire.
In a separate attack just hours later, more than ten people including MPs and well-known politicians were killed, in what a local police official described as the “heaviest” to take place in the central Somalia town of Baladweyne since 2009 when Somali Security Minister and other officials had been killed in a car bomb explosion.