Somalia’s minister for works and construction was shot dead by friendly fire from bodyguards of Somalia’s auditor general who had falsely identified him for a militant.
Auditor general Nur Farah’s bodyguards opened fire on a car carrying Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraj, near a checkpoint close to the palace, said police captain Mohamed Hussein.
A source close to the investigation said that Nur Farah’s bodyguards were suspicious of the vehicle carrying Abbas Siraji and believed they were following their car too closely.
Abbas Siraji was not alone in the car when he was fired upon and unconfirmed reports say that another minister was with him, although it is said to have survived the shooting.
Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraj who is just 31-year-old is the youngest Somali minister in the Somali cabinet.