Left Politician Ann-Margarethe Livh survived the attack. Library photo: Lars Pehrson/Scanpix

"We were the targets" says attacked politician

One of the survivors of yesterday's attack on a car carrying Swedish politicians in Mogadishu, Somalia, says she is convinced that they were the target of the attack, saying their car had been peppered with bullets.

Speaking to Swedish Radio News from a hospital in Nairobi, Left Party politician Ann-Margarethe Livh says she had to use all her force to resist being pulled out of the car and taken to another vehicle. She managed to escape the attack and run back into the nearby university, where she had held a talk.

Livh was wounded in the attack, while party colleague Abdirahim Hassan was killed. 24-year-old Hassan was active in the youth wing of the Left Party in his local Husby district. Residents remember him as "one of the good guys", according to Swedish Television News.

Livh is due to come back to Sweden in a few days. She told Swedish Radio she believed the party were travelling in what was thought to be a safer part of the Somali capital.

Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt released a statement about the incident Wednesday night, calling the death of Abdirahim Hassan "a tragedy".

"He was a young man from Stockholm who was in Sonmalia as part of the Left Party's international work. We are thinking of his family and friends. Abdi will be deeply missed by many friends in the Young Left and the Left Party", he wrote.

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