TORONTO – A small Somali town is in shock following the beheading of four young boys allegedly by their Somali-Canadian father.
Police arrested Omar Hassan, 60, after the children, ages 11, 9, 7 and 6 were killed Monday, the boys’ mother told The Canadian Press early Wednesday.
The murders happened in the central town of Beledweyne, about 330 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu.
Speaking from Mogadishu, Qadro Addawe said Hassan was a taxi driver in Calgary and had returned home a few months ago.
She said the children had never been to Canada, but had Canadian citizenship through her estranged husband, who had migrated to Canada 30 years ago.
“They were born in Kenya, but they were Canadian because the father was Canadian,” she said.
Addawe, 29, said she does not know the motive for the murders, but insisted Hassan was mentally stable.
“He had some health problems, but he had no mental problems.”
Addawe said her own efforts to migrate to Canada had been unsuccessful.