Somali lawmaker gunned down

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Mogadishu -

A Somali police official says gunmen have killed a Somali lawmaker in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Captain Mohamed Hussein said on Wednesday that Saado Ali Warsame, who also was a popular singer of Somali folk music, was shot dead by gunmen who pulled up near her car as she was being driven to a hotel.

He said Warsame's driver was also killed in the attack which took place in Mogadishu's Hodan district, considered to be one of the safest places in the seaside city because of heavy security presence.

No group has immediately claimed the responsibility for the attack, but the militant group al-Shabab frequently carries out similar attacks against lawmakers, government officials and foreigners.

Warsame is the fourth lawmaker killed in attacks this year. - Sapa-AP

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