Somali police arrest three over attack on Swedish politician


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Mogadishu (dpa) – Somali police on Thursday said they had arrested three people in connection with an attack in Mogadishu in which a Swedish politician, Ann-Margarethe-Livh, was wounded and two others killed.

A Somali-born member of the Swedish Left Party youth wing, who was working with a democracy project in Somalia, was killed in the attack on Wednesday, along with a Somali security guard.

“So far three people who are confirmed to have been involved in that failed operation, which was a kidnap attempt, have been captured and detained for further interrogation,” government spokesman Ridwan Xaji Abdiwali told reporters.

Livh is the leader of the Left Party in the Stockholm city council.

She was initially taken to a field hospital run by the African Union, and then flown to Nairobi for further treatment. Her injuries were not considered life threatening.

“The security forces are searching for two others who are believed to be the masterminds behind the attack,” according to Abdiwali.