Somali President Condemns Assassination of Noted Poet in Mogadishu
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has condemned the killing of renowned poet and traditional elder Badal Jama Hirsi by unknown gunmen on Monday night. “I wish to extend my condolences to the family of departed patriot, poet, and peace activist Badal Jama Hirsi and condemn his senseless killing,” Farmaajo said in a statement. He said Hirsi, a peace activist known for his generosity, will be remembered for his patriotism and poetry, which he used to educate Somalis on the importance of maintaining peace, shunning tribalism, and focusing on the development of the country. Two gunmen shot Hirsi in the chest Monday evening as he left a mosque in the Kaxda district of the capital, Mogadishu. Police have launched a manhunt for the assassins, who fled from the scene. All eyes are on the terrorist group al-Shabab, which has carried out similar attacks in the capital, but no group has claimed responsibility.