Somalia Olympic & football bosses killed by bomb- 5 Apr 2012 00:00:00
The heads of Somalia's Olympic Committee and football federation were among at least seven people killed in a suicide bomb blast in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.
The President of the Somali Olympic Committee, Aden Yabarow Wiish, and Somali Football Federation chief Said Mohamed Nur were among a group of dignitaries who had gathered in Somalia's national theatre to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the country's national television station.
Militants from the al-Shabaab group immediately claimed responsibility.
A statement released on behalf of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge by the IOC's director of communications, Mark Adams, said: ‘Both men were engaged in improving the lives of Somalian people through sport and we strongly condemn such an act of barbarism.’
‘Our thoughts are with the Somalian sporting community who lost two great leaders and with the families of the victims.’
Meanwhile, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter said he was shocked by the deadly attack, reportedly carried out by a single woman.
Blatter said in a statement: ‘I knew both men personally and can only say good things about their endless efforts to promote sport and football in their country.’
‘They will be sorely missed. At this very sad time, my thoughts and those of FIFA and the worldwide football community are with the families and loved ones of all the victims of this attack, and especially to the football and sport family of Somalia.’
Somalia's Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was on a podium addressing 200 people when the explosion occurred, but he and several other Government Ministers were unhurt.