Tributes to former Birmingham man killed in Somalia
“The school he established is run in a house which is also where he lives – there are various disgruntled factions running around and because he is a convert to Christianity from Islam then he is a target.”
April 15,2008 Somalia (The Birmingham Post)-The family of a former Birmingham City Council employee killed when Islamist militants raided a school in central Somalia have paid tribute to him.
Margaret Ali, 64, the wife of Daud Hassan Ali, said: “The school he established is run in a house which is also where he lives – there are various disgruntled factions running around and because he is a convert to Christianity from Islam then he is a target.
“They raided the house in the middle of the night and murdered all four people there – this group called Al Etihad have been running around and treat it like a government system has been forced on them.
“They came in under the cover of darkness – the majority of Muslims have nothing against him and a lot of them said they were happy he was doing work there.
“At the back of his mind he always wanted to go back to Somalia and do something for his own people.
“He was well known so he could have been targeted from the beginning – it was courageous and heroic what he was doing out there, once e he decided to do something he did it.
“He came from a poor background but got an education and the next thing he did was establish the school.”
Mr Ali also left behind two sons Robleh Tinning, 32, a civil servant from South London and Kenedeed Proctor-Tinning, 34, from Quinton, Birmingham.