Somalia general killed in al-Shabab car-bomb attack

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-19
Published : 19 Sep 2016, 14:05:21

Somalia general killed in al-Shabab car-bomb attack

A Somali general and at least six of his bodyguards have been killed by a suicide car bomber on Sunday, police say.

The attacker rammed a car carrying explosives into General Mohamed Jimale Goobale's convoy near the defence ministry headquarters in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital.

Al-Shabab claimed the attack and accused the general of plotting against them.

He had survived several previous assassination attempts.

Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud sent his condolences to the general's family, his spokesman said.

Witnesses in Mogadishu reported hearing a huge explosion.

"The suicide car bomb hit the car they were in. May God rest their souls," police colonel Abdikadir Farah told the Reuters news agency.

A radio station linked to al-Shabab reported a "martyr" had killed the general.

Voting for a new parliament begins on 25 September in Somalia. Lawmakers will then choose a president on 30 October.

Al-Shabab opposes the government of President Mohamud, who is backed by Western powers and seeking re-election, according to agencies.

- TM
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