Shocking reports confirm that gunmen have killed two men and wounded Swedish politician Ann-Margarethe Livh, (Pictured above) 64, after firing on their vehicle in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, officials say.
The three were shot as they were returning to Ms Livh’s hotel after she gave a lecture on democracy at the city’s university, witnesses said.
The motive for the attack is still not clear.
Somalia is battling an Islamist-led insurgency and high levels of crime.
Last week, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it was closing all its programmes in Somalia because of “extreme attacks on its staff”.
Somalia has been without an effective central government since the overthrow of long-serving ruler Siad Barre in 1991.
Police officer Capt Ali Hussein said Ms Livh was being treated at a hospital run by the African Union (AU) force in Mogadishu
“Ann-Margarethe Livh, group leader of the Left Party in Stockholm, suffered a gunshot wound in Mogadishu today,” her party’s spokeswoman, Aasa Mattsson, told AFP news agency.