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Somali president condemns killing of renowned poet

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Somali President Mohamed Farmajo on Tuesday condemned the killing of Badal Jama Hirsi, a renowned poet and traditional elder by gunmen on Monday night.

In a statement issued on Monday night, the president said “I wish to extend my condolences to the family of departed patriot, poet and peace activist Badal Jama Hirsi and condemn his senseless killing.’’

He said the deceased who was a peace activist known for his generosity would be remembered for his patriotism and poetry work which he used to educate the Somalis on the importance of maintaining peace in the country.

Badal Jama Hirsi was shot dead in the Kahda district in the capital Mogadishu on Monday evening after leaving a mosque in the area.

Police have launched a manhunt for the killers who fled from the scene after committing the assassination.

Farmajo said the late Hirsi used his poetry work to raise awareness in the society on the need to shun tribalism and conflict and to focus on the development of the country.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but an extremist group, al-Shabab usually stages such attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere across the country.

(NAN)

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