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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 - 5:11:05 AM
Somalia
Clan lawmaker wounded in Somalia's capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia Apr 1 (Garowe Online) - A member of Somalia's expanded parliament was wounded Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports.

MP Amir Mohamed "Shaketi" was shot inside a car after unknown gunmen opened fire, witnesses said.

The lawmaker's driver and a bodyguard were killed in the car, while MP Shaketi was rushed to a hospital for emergency treatment.

Osman Elmi Boqorre, the deputy Speaker of parliament, confirmed the attack but declined to link any groups to the attempted assassination.

The attackers fled away before security forces rushed to the area. MP Shaketi was reportedly receiving emergency medical care at a hospital operated by the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Al Shabaab insurgents vowed to target members of Somalia's clan-based parliament last month. READ: Somalia insurgents issue 'death order' on MPs

It is the first attack on a member of Somalia's clan-based parliament, although the new Islamist MPs have not been attacked. The 550-seat parliament is composed of clan-based and Islamist lawmakers.

Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar, the Somali interior minister, survived a roadside bomb in Mogadishu last week.

Source: Garowe Online

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