Somali Minister mistakenly killed

Posted on: May 04, 2017 | views: 142

Somalia's security forces have shot dead a 31-year-old government minister after mistaking him for a militant Islamist, officials have said. 

He was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, the officials added. 

The president has cut short his visit to Ethiopia following Abas Abdullahi Sheikh's killing, state radio reports.

He grew up in a refugee camp, and became Somalia's youngest MP in November and a minister in February. 

Beijing in dust

A dust storm is choking a large swathe of northern China including the capital, Beijing, in yet another air quality crisis to affect the country.

Official air quality readings have soared well above the recommended World Health Organization (WHO) limit.

Authorities are advising residents to avoid outdoor activity and for children and elderly people to remain indoors.

The dust is blowing in from neighbouring Mongolia and China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Authorities said Beijing would be affected until Thursday evening and visibility would be noticeably low throughout the day. Dozens of flights have been delayed or cancelled.