Somali-Canadian Peace activist Somali Canadian shot dead in Mogadishu

Humanitarian and peace activist was shot dead in Halane compound in Mogadishu’s heavily guarded Zone near Aden Adde International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, Somali Police confirmed.

A former Somali diplomat Almaas Elman, a sister to peace activist Ilwad Elman, Nobel Peace Prize nominee succumbed to bullet injuries. The motive of her killing could not be immediately established.

After quitting a diplomatic job in Nairobi, Elman joined civil societies. She has also been working as a senior communication officer with the European Union Mission in Somalia.

Sources said the EU communications official was heading to the airport from the Air Force Hangar when a bullet ripped through the vehicle killing her on spot.

Jubaland state’s Planning Minister Aw Hirsi said the former Secretary of Somalia embassy in Kenya had attended EU Resilience Program meeting hours before her death.

The EU meeting focused on building good practices and holistic approaches among members of society. Senior officials from all the six states and the Federal Government of Somalia participated.

“MoPIED_Somalia federal members states were present to build on good practices learned from partners on holistic approaches in livelihood enhancements for rural Somali communities & community mitigation efforts when responding to devastating impacts,” EU had tweeted.

Reports said an investigation into the shooting of the former diplomat is underway currently in Halane base camp, which houses AMISOM, UN, US, EU missions and other international agencies.

The federal government of Somalia condemned the killing and launched an investigation to uncover the reason and the motive of her death.

Almaas Elman has born from humanitarian activist family and her father Elma Ali Ahmed was killed in Mogadishu in 1996 after he started “put the gun take the pen” campaign in order to strengthen the reconciliation and the peace of the country.

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