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Swedish politicians attacked in Somalia: One killed

Updated onsdag 21 augusti 2013 kl 20.46
Published onsdag 21 augusti 2013 kl 15.08

Two Swedish politicians, and possibly two more, have been attacked in what is being described as a suspected attempted kidnapping in Mogadishu, Somalia. One was killed and one injured. Both are local politicians from Stockholm's northern suburbs.

The Left Party's Abdirahim Hassan, active in the party's youth wing, was in Somalia to work on a democracy project when the party he was travelling with was attacked by unknown assailants. His brother has confirmed the fatality to Radio Sweden, but the Swedish Foreign Ministry have not yet issued any official confirmation.

The Left Party leader in Stockholm City Council, Ann-Margarethe Livh, was the other Swede in the car, according to media reports, she suffered chest wounds in the attack, but was conscious and her injuries are not thought to be life threatening. She is now receiving medical care in a hospital in Nairobi.

According to Swedish Radio News a total of four Swedes may have been involved in the attack.

SVT report that the Swedes were only accompanied by a local police officer. He was also killed.

A local journalist told Radio Sweden that the Swedes were attacked just after leaving the local university where Livh was due to speak.

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