Somali deputy AG Mohamed Mursal shot dead in Mogadishu

Friday February 22 2019

Somali deputy Attorney-General Mohamed Mursal, who was assassinated on February 20, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY


A Somali deputy Attorney-General was shot dead by two armed men while driving a car in the capital Mogadishu, officials said late Wednesday.

Mr Hassan Gelle, a police officer, said two men armed with pistols shot Mohamed Mursal, a deputy AG in Sigale village in Mogadishu's Hodan District.

"The armed men ordered [him] to get off his car and shot him dead. They sped off with the car, [which] police later found abandoned on the roadside," Mr Gelle said.

Eyewitnesses reported the incident saying they heard gun shots at the scene of the murder.

"Two armed men riding in a three-wheeled motorcycle stopped the car of the deputy Attorney-General and then opened fire on him and he died on the spot," Hawa Hussein, a local resident told Xinhua.

On September 27, 2017, armed men shot Mr Mursal's mother, Anab Hashi, who was the general secretary of National Women Organization, at the junction of Hamar Weyne District of Mogadishu.


Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the murder of the deputy AG.