A Somali comedian has been shot dead while rehearsing a show with colleagues.
Anisa was killed when a pistol pointed at her by Libah Yare, a member of her comedy group, accidentally went off.
The incident happened at Garowe, the capital of Puntland state, north of the country.
“We were rehearsing a short comedy video today,” Asad Abou Diaby a member of the group is quoted by Horn Diplomat as saying. “May God have mercy on our sister.”
Anisa died on the spot.
Police arrested Libah and are investigating the incident.
According to the Global Partnership on Small Arms, the proliferation of firearms in Somalia “continues to threaten human security in the country and undermine formal initiatives to control weapons.”
There are an estimated 1.14m guns in Somalia (Gun Policy, 2017) and a 12:100 rate of civilian firearms possession per population.