Others in her party were killed.
I don’t know how I missed this story from late last week. Longtime readers know that we have a keen interest in Sweden and its socialist experiment with large, and ever-growing numbers of needy refugees and asylum seekers allowed into the country.
Only a few months ago, this post about ‘Swedes fighting back‘ after Muslim immigrant youth riots (some of the youths were Somalis) is our top post of all time (with just short of 11,000 visitors). Go here for our whole archive on Sweden.
Somali gunmen tried to kidnap a Swedish opposition politician in an ambush in which she and another woman were wounded and two men were killed, police said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. However, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants have kept up guerrilla-style attacks and kidnappings in the city despite being largely pushed out by Somali and African forces two years ago.
Witnesses said Ann-Margarethe Livh, an opposition Left Party city councilor in Stockholm, was returning to her hotel after giving a speech at the University of Somalia when the gunmen struck near the Turkish embassy, Reuters reports.
Student Ahmed Dek said she flung open the rear door of the car and ran under a hail of bullets towards the university. She was bleeding badly from her left side, he said.
Police said an officer guarding her and a man said to be her translator were killed. A Somali woman from Sweden was also wounded, they said.
Livh is the most prominent Left Party politician in Stockholm. A party spokeswoman told Sweden’s TT news agency the group was in Mogadishu “in connection with an international project within the work of the Left Party”.
Here is another report on the terrorist attack which identifies one of the dead men as also a member of the Left Party. According to Wikipedia the Swedish Left Party is a socialist and feminist party.
Local journalist Hamza Mohamed told The Local on the phone from Mogadishu that Livh was injured near the University of Somalia, where staff confirmed she had given a guest lecture.
“She was leaving the premises and was fifteen steps outside the university compound when men in a tinted (window) car opened fire,” he said.
Local Stockholm newspaper Norra Sidan also reported on Wednesday that Abdirahim Hassan had died in Somalia. His family confirmed the death. Hassan was a member of Sweden’s Left Party, which referred all questions to the foreign ministry when contacted by The Local.