MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Two gunmen belonging to an Islamic extremist group shot and killed a Somali legislator on Tuesday as he stepped out of his home in the capital, the second fatal attack on a member of parliament in as many days, police said.
The targeting of members of parliament marks a turning point. The parliament is emerging as a pillar of democracy in the Horn of Africa nation. Al-Shabab militants have previously carried out attacks against United Nations staff, government officials, African Union peacekeepers and last year on an upscale mall in Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya which has sent troops into Somalia to battle al-Shabab.
Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed condemned the Tuesday attack and expressed shock at the "horrific and deplorable killings" of the two lawmakers. "The use of terror will not derail us from the progress made in securing Somalia, it only serves to unite and strengthen our resolve to defeat all forms of terrorism and violence," Ahmed said in a statement.