An airplane carrying the body of General Mohamed Ali Samatar who served as Somali defense and vice president during the military government led by late Gen. Mohamed Siad Barre from 1969 to 1991 landed at Mogadishu airport early of today where it was received by the President Hassan Sheikh, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmaarke, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Jawari, Former President Ali Mahdi Mohamed, Former Prime Minister Col Nur Hassan Hussein (Nur Adde) and regional leaders Jubbaland and South West State who came to attend the funeral.
The Janaza prayers was performed inside the defense ministry , whilst the security of the city was tightened and security forces were poured into every road.
The burial took place in a cemetery inside the defense Ministry.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who led the memorial service, sent his condolences to the families & Somali people he left out and paid tribute to the late Mohamed Ali Samatar who had passed away in USA just five days ago.
He was a hero and a great man and a towering Somali patriot. His life should be an example to all Somalis as we seek to rebuild our great nation together according to Somali leaders.