Somali Mayor Killed in Bombing

Mogadishu mayor Abdirahman Abdi Omar Osman.

Former Mogadishu mayor Abdirahman Abdi Omar Osman.

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

According to international reports the mayor of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, has died of wounds sustained in an apparent suicide attack inside his office last month.

Mayor Abdirahman Abdi Omar Osman died on Thursday, August 1, 2019 while doctors were treating his wounds at a hospital in Qatars’s capital Doha where he was brought after the attack.

In total, six people were killed and Osman, also referred to as Engineer Yarisow, was wounded in the July 24, 2019 attack.

The Horn of Africa country’s information minister, Mohamed Abdi Hayir, said after the attack that one of the city’s district commissioners were among the dead.

The attack happened just hours after United Nations (UN) special envoy James Swan visited the mayor’s office.

Osman and several others badly injured in the attack were airlifted to Qatar for treatment.

Al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda-linked armed group fighting to overthrow Somalia’s UN-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying Swan was their target.

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed praised Osman, who worked as a London councilor before returning to his war-torn homeland as a public servant dedicated to rebuilding the country.

“He had sacrificed his life and time serving the Somali public,” the president said in a statement.

“He will be remembered for his dedication to serving the people and the country, as well as working hard to develop Mogadishu while taking a clear stand in the fight against terrorism.”

Osman’s son, Mohamed A Omar, offered a moving tribute to his late father.

“Today the people of Mogadishu lose their mayor; but I lost my father,” he posted on Twitter, accompanied by a picture of his father in a sky-blue suit attending his son’s graduation.

“May Allah grant him the highest rank of paradise.”

The UN’s special envoy also expressed his sorrow over the loss of the former mayor.

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