Somali woman MP famed for political songs shot dead by Islamists

by Reuters
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:29 GMT

Soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) assess the damage sustained during an attack at the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

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NAIROBI, July 23 (Reuters) - A Somali member of parliament famed for political and patriotic songs she sang over decades was shot dead on Wednesday in Mogadishu by Islamist gunmen, a fellow lawmaker and Islamist rebels said.

"Gunmen killed MP Saado Ali Warsame and another clerk for the parliament," legislator Dahir Amin Jesow said, referring to the well-known singer, believed to be in her 70s. She was one of fewer than 30 women MPs in the 275-seat parliament, MPs said.

The Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility.

(Writing by Edmund Blair, editing by John Stonestreet)

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