Youngest Somali Cabinet minister shot dead

Somalia’s minister of public works may have been mistakenly killed by the country's own soldiers, according to reports.

31-year-old Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji was shot near the presidential palace by soldiers guarding another Minister. He was the youngest cabinet member in the country.

EWN Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish says Siraji was raised in a refugee camp and appointed cabinet minister in February this year.

Its a real tragedy and its a set back for a country trying so desperately to regain normalcy after years of weak government and conflict.

JJ Cornish, Africa Correspondent

Two soldiers were arrested but the motivations for shooting Siraji are still not clear, including whether it was an accident or not.

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