Wednesday 1 August 2012

Blast hit Somali constitution talks venue in Mogadishu

Blasts hit Somali constitution talks venue in Mogadishu
By Agencies

Members of Somalia's constituent assembly endorse a draft constitution in Mogadishu on Wednesday August 01.Picture (Courtesy).

Two powerful blasts have hit the venue of the National Constituent Assembly on Somalia's draft constitution in the capital, Mogadishu, after the Somali security forces shot two suicide bombers outside the police building that was housing the Somalia's Constituent Assembly.
Interior Minister Abdisamad Mohamud said the two bombers had fake identity cards but refused to be screened by security forces, raising the suspicion of authorities.

The sound of the blasts was heard in nearby neighborhoods. Reports say there were two blasts, with one of them going off after delegates entered the venue. One soldier was reportedly wounded in the explosions. Hundreds of delegates to Somalia's Constituent Assembly met and endorsed the country's new constitution.
Meanwhile Somalia’s Information, Post and Telecommunication ministry has strongly condemned the killing of a well-known comedian and radio drama performer, Abdi Jeylani Malaq, popularly known as Marshale.

Marshale was killed late Tuesday, minutes after leaving Kulmiye radio station, where he worked as drama producer and performer, according to colleagues. Information, Post and Telecommunication minister, Abdikadir Hussein Mohamed said he was saddened by the brutal killing of the comedian saying that he was just an innocent citizen who committed no crime.

The minister said security agents are investigating the incident as they continue to do all means possible to bring the perpetrators of the killing to justice. He consoled the bereaved family, friends and relatives of the slain comedian.

The shooting of Marshale, who also worked for the London-based Universal TV station, is the latest in a string of apparently targeted killings against personalities in the media fraternity. The assailants who shot him on the head and shoulder managed to escape immediately from the scene of the crime. His body is due to be laid to rest in Mogadishu today.

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