Mayor of Mogadishu dies after al-Shabaab attack


The mayor of Mogadishu has died from injuries sustained in an al-Shabaab terrorist attack in his office last week.

The government of Somalia confirmed on Thursday that Abdirahman Omar Osman died after being badly injured during the attack in the country’s capital. He died the same day in Qatar where he was receiving treatment after being airlifted to the Gulf nation on July 24, the day of the attack.

Mayor of Mogadishu dies

Abdirahman Omar Osman was a naturalised Briton who returned to Somalia to help rebuild the country, which is gripped in a civil conflict with militant group al-Shabaab. He spent 17 years in the UK before returning to his birth country and his son, Mohamed Omar, currently studies at London’s Queen Mary University.

Osman was among several people seriously injured when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device inside the headquarters of Banadir.

Six people were killed in the blast and it’s not yet clear how the suicide bomber was able to enter the mayor’s office. Visitors are required to pass through a series of metal detectors before entering the office.

Al-Shabaab promptly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Featured image: By Axmadyare – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.