Somali-Canadian peace activist shot dead in Mogadishu

A prominent rights activist has been shot dead in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, with security officials suggesting she was hit by a stray bullet.

Almaas Elman Ali, who came from a leading family of peace campaigners, was travelling by car inside the heavily fortified airport compound when she was hit on Wednesday.

“She was riding in a car along a road inside the airport,” AFP news agency quoted Mohamed Omar, a Somali security official, as saying. “A stray bullet hit her, and she died within a few minutes.”

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for Ali’s killing.

Brigadier General Zakia Hussein, the deputy commissioner of the Somali Police Force, said investigations into the incident were continuing, the New York Times reported.

“There was not any gunfire in the airport, or in nearby areas before the incident occurred,” Omar said.