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[Published: Wednesday August 01 2012]

 Famous Somali comedian shot dead in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 01 Aug – (ANA) - One of Somalia's best known comedians is to be buried after being shot dead at his home in the capital, Mogadishu by two unidentified men. Abdi Jeylani Marshale was popular for his TV and radio shows and was reportedly killed just after leaving a local radio station. It is not clear who was behind the killing but last year he was threatened by militant group al-Shabab.  He used to make people laugh by impersonating Islamist fighters.  Meanwhile, two suicide bombers have reportedly blown themselves up outside the gates of the constituent assembly in Mogadishu, killing a government soldier along with themselves. A police official told reporters that the two men's suicide belts had exploded after officers fired at them. No group has said it carried out the attack. The incident happened while the assembly was discussing a new constitution for Somalia. African Union troops and the UN-backed government have forced al-Shabab out of Mogadishu but the al-Qaeda linked group frequently stages attacks in the city. It still controls many areas of southern and central Somalia. The country has not had a functioning national government since 1991. (ANA)

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