Somalia: Police Start Investigating Sports Referee Killing in Mogadishu

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Friday August 18, 2017 - 14:19:43 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Police Start Investigating Sports Referee Killing in Mogadishu

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Officers of Criminal Investigation Department Banadir Police said they have now started investigating the motive behind the death of a popular sports referee Osman Jama Dirah who was shot dead near his home in

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MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Officers of Criminal Investigation Department Banadir Police said they have now started investigating the motive behind the death of a popular sports referee Osman Jama Dirah who was shot dead near his home in Hamar Bile neighborhood in Wardhigley, Mogadishu on Thursday night.
Mr. Dirah, who served as the Chair of Somali Football Referees and well-known to many young football fans in Mogadishu was shot dead by unidentified men armed with pistols shortly after he left a mosque near his home.
"We have received the report of the killing and the police have nos started investigating it." Colonel Abdinasir Mohamud Gesdir, an officer as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) told Somali Update Online.
"We suspect the Al-Shabaab group is the responsible for his killing.  Terrorists are opposed to peace and football." he added.
He said the killers fled the scene before the officers from nearby Police Station arrived there, but the search continued despite nobody was arrested yet.
The motive of the Dirac's killing is yet unclear and no group has claimed the responsibility of the attack.
"Sports is not politics and we never involve in politics. That is why sports people were not the target for the armed groups. But for now we are very scared about this killing." Abdirahman Wehliye, a member of Banadir Sports Club who knew Dirac said.
MORTAR ATTACK
In another incident, at least four people were wounded after a mortar from unknown location hit outside a restaurant in Wardhigley.
Security forces are yet to comment on the attack as they were still searching for the source of the mortar attack.
 
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