Somali activist, ex-diplomat assassinated in Mogadishu

Almaas Elwan

A prominent civil society activist and former Somali diplomat was shot and killed in a suburb of the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday.

Reports said Almaas Elwan was pregnant at the time of the incident and was heading to the airport to board a flight to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

“The circumstances under which the Almaas was killed remained unclear but sources said a bullet ripped through a vehicle she was. Sources said she was heading to the airport from the airforce Hangar in Halane,” the local news portal Hiiraan reported.

Almaas had served at the Somali Embassy in Kenya between 2016 and 2017. She is sister to Nobel nominee Ilwaad and Somali National Army’s Lieutenant Col. Iman Elman.

Her father who was killed in 1996 in Mogadishu founded a peace foundation of which her sister currently heads. The deceased had been actively involved in Elman Peace foundation.

Her sister Ilwad Elman who was this year tipped for the 2019 Nobel peace prize, which award was eventually given to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

The foundation basically supports vulnerable women and former child soldiers in Somalia, a country wracked by insurgent group Al-Shabaab.

Many people on social media have expressed shock at the development whiles expressing condolences to the bereaved Family.

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