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Somalia: Death toll after suicide blast reaches 6

MOGADISHU, Somalia Apr 8 2012 (Garowe Online) – An advisor to Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Gaas and an MP have died from injuries sustained in last Wednesday suicide blast, Radio Garowe reports.

Faisal Haji Elmi an advisor to the Prime Minister and Mowlid Ma’aney an MP in the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP) both died on Saturday in a Nairobi hospital after being flown there to receive better medical treatment.

Faisal and MP Mowlid were rushed to Medina hospital last Wednesday and on Saturday flown to Nairobi where they were checked into Aga Khan Hospital. Faisal died from his injuries Saturday evening and the honorable MP died early Sunday morning. Both men were active members in the shift towards a democracy in Somalia.

Prime Minister Gaas who released a statement on Sunday sent his condolences to the family of Faisal and MP Mowlid calling the act that killed the two men and 4 others despicable. “Faisal was dedicated to improving and sustaining this government and I hope God will grant him paradise,” said PM Gaas.

On the other side President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed who spoke about the suicide blast, said that the Ministry of Information had some fault in the blast by lacking to secure the area where the event was being hosted and the lack of discretion in invitations passed.

“The suicide blast occurred for many reasons but one of the reasons is the Ministry of Information who was hosting the event failed to set up appropriate security measures,” said President Sharif.  

The death toll in the suicide blast has now reached 6 but according to Prime Minister Gaas another sad loss for the TFG will not discourage or frighten the government from ridding Al Shabaab from Somalia.

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