Somalia: Right-activist, Almaas Elman Ali killed in Mogadishu

The prominent rights activist was shot dead on Wednesday in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Mourners carry the body of Somali Canadian peace activist Almaas Elman to her funeral service in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.Photography: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Ilwad Elman, center, who was reportedly shortlisted for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, attends the funeral service for her sister, Somali Canadian peace activist Almaas Elman, in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.  Photography: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh.

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.”

Relatives of Somali Canadian peace activist Almaas Elman shout “We need Justice” outside the Mosque of Islamic Solidarity where her funeral service was held, in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Photography: Farah Abdi Warsameh/Associated Press.

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.

Mourners pray over the body of Somali Canadian peace activist Almaas Elman at her funeral service in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. 2019. Photography: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh.

With the help of her mother and sister, Elman ran the peace center as a means of ending ongoing violence in her home country.

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