Former Calgary taxi driver arrested in Somalia

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Michael Franklin, CTV Calgary

Police in Somalia have arrested a man who lived and worked in Calgary earlier this year for the murders of his four young sons.

The estranged wife of Omar Hassan, 60, says her children, who were aged six, seven, nine and 11 years old, were killed on Monday night in the small community of Beledweyne, about 330 km north of the capital of Mogadishu.

Reports allege that Hassan beheaded all four boys.

Qadro Addawe, 29, says Hassan was a taxi driver in Calgary and had just returned home to Somalia earlier this year.

She says she doesn’t know anything about a motive for the killings, but insists that he was mentally stable.

“He had some health problems, but he had no mental problems.”

Addawe says the boys had never been to Canada, but had Canadian citizenship through her estranged husband who moved to Canada 30 years ago.

Her own efforts to migrate to Canada had been unsuccessful.

Mohamed Jama, president of the Somali Canadian Society of Calgary, said he and others in the group don’t know Hassan. But he said they’re all shocked by the man’s alleged crime.

“The community is very sad about it. It’s unheard of.”