Somalia: Body of Shaati-Gaduud laid to rest in his hometown
Apr 8, 2013 - 1:38:43 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia Apr 7, 2013 (Garowe Online) - On Sunday morning the airplane carrying the body of the deceased former Somalia minister Hassan Mohamed Nur alias (Shaati-Gadud), arrived at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu where a final farewell prayer was conducted, Garowe Online reports.

The President of the Somali Federal Government (SFG) Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, ministers, including the Minister of Trade and Industry Mohamud Ahmed Saleban, members of parliament and other senior officials of the Federal Government participated in the Janaza prayer for the deceased within the airport premises.

President Hassan  sent his condolences to the Somali people and the family members of the former Somalia minister. He asked the public to pray for the late Shati-Gadud.

“Mr. Shaati-Gadud did not die only from his family but all Somali families,” said at the Final Prayers for the late leader at Aden Adde Airport, Mogadishu.

After that, the body has been flown to Baidoa, where Vast crowds lined the streets of the city on Sunday, to witness and offer prayers to the body of Hassan Mohamed Nur (Shaati-Gadud), whose special airplane brought him from Mogadishu. He was finally laid to rest in Baidoa’s main graveyard.

Shaati-Gaduud had an extensive career in politics holding an array of positions during former President Siad Barre's adminstration. He was a former National Security Service (NSS) Commander of the Lower Jubba region and Northern Western region. He later was the judge of Mogadishu Security Court and then Governor of Gedo region.

After the collapse of the central government in 1991, Shaati-Gaduud briefly served as Minister of Interior in the first Transitional National Government (TNG) and then co-founded the Rahaweyn Resistance Army (RRA) that prevented the invasion of Mohamed Farah Aideed.

Shaati-Gaduud passed away last week, in a hospital in Bonn, Germany of heart attack at the age of 67.