Abdirahman Omar Osman: Mogadishu mayor dies after suicide bombing
The mayor of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has died after being wounded in a suicide bombing that killed at least six other people last week.
The female bomber blew herself up inside the office of Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman during a security meeting.
The mayor passed away from his injuries in Doha, Qatar, where he was receiving treatment, a spokesman for the Somali president’s office said.
Militant Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
Its apparent target was the new UN special envoy to Somalia, James Swan, a US citizen.
However, Mr Swan had already left the building after meeting the mayor on 24 July.
It is unclear how the bomber managed to enter the heavily guarded building.
Other victims included high-ranking local officials.
Al-Shabab seeks to overthrow Somalia’s central government and has been carrying out regular attacks in Mogadishu, despite the heavy presence of African Union peacekeepers and US-trained Somali troops.
The group is affiliated with al-Qaeda and remains a powerful presence in rural Somalia.
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