Somali senator says bodyguards of slain MP recalled days before he was shot dead

The bodyguard of the slain MP were recalled by the head of the police force days before he was killed by Al Shabab militants.

In an explosive post on his Facebook page on Sunday, senator Hussein Sheikh Mohamud said the late legislator Boqore complained of the move to remove redeploy his bodyguards. He added that the deceased colleague severally expressed fear for his life.

“He informed me that the commander of the police force recalled his bodyguards, leaving him exposed,” senator Hussein Sheikh said.

The police is yet to react to the allegations that could have the commander as accomplice in the MPs death.

Osman Elmi Boqore was shot dead on Saturday evening by two gunmen in Karan district, north of Mogadishu.

The assailants were on motorcycles and fled the scene after shooting the oldest serving legislator.

The militant group Al Shabab has since claimed responsibility for his death.

Osman Elmi Boqore, a parliamentarian from Zeila, Somaliland, was shot dead near his residence in Karan neighborhood, northern Mogadishu. Eye-witness said the gunmen fled the scene.

Osman was nominated to the assembly in 2000 and was the longest serving member of the Somali legislative. He previously served the parliament as Deputy Speaker.

Immediate former president and the late’s party leader, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud termed the death as “shocking” adding that the country has lost a gem who offered selfless leadership.