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Prominent Somali Peace Activist Killed

A prominent Somali peace activist has been killed by unknown gunmen at his home in the capital, Mogadishu. The victim, Abdulkadir Yahya Ali, was a co-founder of a think tank, the Center for Research and Dialogue, considered one of the most effective NGOs in Somalia.

The co-director of the center, Jabril Ibrahim Abdulle, told Voice of America reporter William Eagle that the assailants raided Mr. Abdulkadir's home, tied up the security guards, and cut telephone lines. He says Mr. Abdulkadir was bound and shot in front of his wife.

Kidnappings and killings are common in Somalia, where a new government is trying to establish security after 14 years without a central administration.