News / Africa

Somali Singer, Parliament Member Killed in Mogadishu

A resident tries to remove the remains of the driver of the female MP and former singer Saado Ali Warsame after gunmen opened fire at her car on July 23, 2014 killing her and her driver in  Mogadishu.
A resident tries to remove the remains of the driver of the female MP and former singer Saado Ali Warsame after gunmen opened fire at her car on July 23, 2014 killing her and her driver in Mogadishu.
VOA News

A popular Somali singer who was also a member of parliament has been killed by Islamist militants.

Militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for Wednesday's shooting of Saado Ali Warsame outside the Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu.  A witness told VOA that gunmen in a car shot her several times in the chest, then fled.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed strongly condemned Warsame's killing, describing the attack as "barbaric."

Warsame was a well-known singer formerly based in the U.S. city of Minneapolis.  A lawmaker there of Somali origin, Abdikadir Hassan, told VOA he worked with Warsame on projects to fight injustice in Somalia.  

“I worked with her while she was here. She was a true leader that loved her country [and] locals.  Her bravery made her go to Somalia and become an official elected to parliament," said Hassan.

In 2012 Warsame returned to Somalia and became one of the few women in the country's new legislature.

She was the fourth member of parliament killed by al-Shabab this year.

The group claimed responsibility for the shooting death of lawmaker Mohamed Mohamud Hayd earlier this month and the killings of two other parliament members in April.

Saado Ali Warsame performing:

In another development, the U.S. government announced the arrests of three women on charges of providing material support to al-Shabab.

In a Wednesday statement, the Justice Department said authorities arrested two of the women in the United States while the third was arrested in the Netherlands.

Officials said two more defendants are fugitives in Somalia and Kenya.

Somalia's internationally backed government has struggled to stabilize the country in the face of continued al-Shabab activity.  The al-Qaida-linked militant group has attacked the presidential palace twice this year and has blocked roads to government-controlled towns, contributing to local food shortages. 

In a separate incident, al-Shabab has executed a teenage girl whom the militant group accused of spying for the government.

Fartun Abdinasir Mohamed was executed by firing squad in the town of Dinsor.  The girl's father told VOA that his daughter was 13 years old and denied that she was a spy.

You May Like

Karzai's Legacy: Missed Opportunities?

Afghanistan's president leaves behind a much different nation than the one he inherited, yet his legacy from 13 years in power is getting mixed reviews More

Video Secret Service Chief Under Fire for White House Security Breach

Julia Pierson faces tough questions from lawmakers after recent intrusion at White House, says: 'It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly' More

Frustrated, Liberian Students Want Ebola Fight Role

Thousands have volunteered to go to counties, rural villages to talk to people in their language about deadly virus More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Blackstar Deng Bol from: juba
July 26, 2014 1:59 AM
My heart felt shock and pain when I heard her voice singing and may almighty father rest her soul in peace. R.I.P


by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
July 24, 2014 1:23 AM
My heartfelt sympathy and prayer goes out to Madam Saado's immediate family and I join all peace loving Somali people to mourn the loss of Saado Cali Warsame.
Saado was a prominent nationalist and human right advocate.
Rest in peace, and may God bless her grave.
Her barbaric killers will be brought to justice.

The so called Mogadishu's Somali Federal Government failed to protect her by providing well trained bodyguards. The president and his gang ministers are preoccupied embezzling aid money and hiding into off shore bank account.

In Response

by: Issa Ahmed from: Switzezland
July 24, 2014 10:29 AM
Mrs. Sado Ali was assasinated for the cause of the ¨somali nation:
She was the voice of the voiceless somali people. She has died in the last days of the Ramadan while she was fasting. That is the the sign of paradise people. My condolence to her clos relatives and Somali nation. Somalia has lost a great nationalist.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihadi
X
Mahi Ramakrishnan
September 30, 2014 2:16 PM
Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Iran's Rouhani Skeptical on Syria Strikes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed skepticism Friday that U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria could crush Islamic State militants. From New York, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the president was also hopeful that questions about Iran’s nuclear program could be resolved soon.
Video

Video US House Speaker: Congress Should Debate Authorization Against IS

As wave after wave of U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants, the speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives says he would be willing to call Congress back into session to debate a formal, broad authorization for the use of military force. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where legislators left town 10 days ago for a seven-week recess.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Video

Video Ebola Robs Liberians of Chance to Say Good-Bye to Loved Ones

In Liberia, where Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people, authorities have worked hard to convince people to allow specialized burial teams to take away dead bodies. But these safety measures, while necessary, make it hard for people to say good bye to their loved ones. VOA's Anne Look reports on the tragedy from Liberia.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid