A member of Somalia’s federal parliament has called for an investigation after government forces in the capital, Mogadishu, allegedly opened fire on a vehicle he was travelling in.
Abdullahi Mohamed Nur wrote to the speaker of the country’s lower chamber of parliament, alleging that on 23 May, members of the national security agency NISA fired shots at his vehicle near a checkpoint without being provoked.
He demanded an independent inquiry into the incident which he described as an attempt on his life.
I have registered a complaint with office of the house speaker against the deliberate attack carried by NISA on 23/5/2018 pic.twitter.com/mQrPv16TbG
— Hon. Abdullahi M Nor (@AbdullahiMNOR) May 26, 2018
He accused the internal security ministry of trying to downplay the incident.
Today 5:10pm my driver stopped by NISA & I promptly identified myself, as soon as they let us go a NISA guards started shooting at us without any provocation and lukily survived alhamdullah.
— Hon. Abdullahi M Nor (@AbdullahiMNOR) May 23, 2018
In December, Somali security forces slightly wounded Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, a former planning minister and presidential candidate, in a raid on his home and killed five of his guards in Mogadishu.
Earlier in 2017, government security guards shot dead the country’s youngest minister, Abbas Siraji, in an incident near the Villa Somalia presidential palace in Mogadishu.