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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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