The prominent rights activist was shot dead on Wednesday in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.
Almaas Elman Ali, who came from a leading family of peace campaigners, was travelling by car in the heavily fortified airport compound when she was hit on Wednesday.
Security officials noted that Almaas Elman Ali may have been struck by a stray bullet in Mogadishu.
“She was riding in a car along a road inside the airport,” said Mohamed Omar, a Somali security official. “A stray bullet hit her, and she died within a few minutes.”
Elman came from a family of organizers and activists; she was the daughter of esteemed activist Elman Ali Ahmed, who was assassinated in Mogadishu in 1996, and the sister of Nobel Peace Prize-nominated leader Ilwad Elman.
With the help of her mother and sister, Elman ran the peace center as a means of ending ongoing violence in her home country.