MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT MURDERED IN NAIROBI NAIROBI, 20 October (IRIN) A member of the Transitional National Assembly of Somalia, was found murdered in a forest on the outskirts on Nairobi on Sunday. The body of Shaykh Ibrahim Ali Abdulle, a prominent Mogadishu-based businessman and delegate to the peace talks in Kenya, was found - along with those of a Kenyan businessman and their driver - in the Ololua forest near Nairobi, according to the Kenyan newspaper, 'Daily Nation'. Somali sources who saw the bodies told IRIN that "all three men were shot in the head, execution style". "This is not a random shooting. It looks like an assassination," said one Somali source.
However, James Kiboi, a member of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) technical committee, which is steering the talks, told IRIN it was premature to reach any conclusions about the killings. "The matter is now being investigated by the Kenyan police. Let's wait for the investigations to finish before reaching any conclusions," he said. Muhammad Farah Anshur, interior minister of state in the Transitional National Government (TNG), said it was too early to comment on a possible motive for the killing. "We really need to give the police time to uncover those behind this dastardly deed before we can comment," he told IRIN.
He added that TNG would issue a statement after the police investigations were completed. Shaykh Ibrahim, who was a close ally of TNG President Abdiqassim Salad Hassan, was known as a very humble man "who used his money to further the peace process in the country", Mire Abdulle, a close friend of the deceased, told IRIN. "I cannot think of any reason why anyone should want to kill him." Shaykh Ibrahim's body will be flown to Mogadishu for burial, at the request of his family, as soon as arrangements can be made, Mire added.