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Somali gunmen kill Swedish politician, wound woman

August 21, 2013

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Unidentified gunmen shot and killed one Swedish politician and wounded another in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday outside a university in Mogadishu, said police in Somalia.

The assailants in a car opened fire on the vehicle and no group immediately claimed responsibility, said Capt. Ali Hussein, a senior police officer.

Swedish state broadcaster SVT reported the deceased was Abdirahim Hassan, a 24-year-old member of the youth wing of Sweden’s Left party. Ann-Margarethe Livh, a group leader for the Left Party in Stockholm, was injured in the attack. She was being treated at a hospital run by African Union forces, said Hussein.

Livh had delivered a lecture to students before the attack, said Mohamed Abdullahi, a student at Somalia University. Hassan had been her translator.

Students at the university gathered near the scene of the attack. Soldiers opened fire to disperse the crowd.

Security in the Somali capital has improved over the last two years but intermittent attacks are still somewhat frequent.


Associated Press Writer Malin Rising contributed to this report from Stockholm.

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