Tuesday 23 May 2017

Suicide car bomb kills Somali general

Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of the car bomb (AP)
Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of the car bomb (AP)

A car bomb killed a Somali military general and five of his bodyguards in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, Somali police said.

General Mohamed Roble Jimale Gobanle and his bodyguards were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle next to the general's car near Somalia's defence ministry compound, said police captain Ali Nur.

General Gobanle was the commander of the Somali army's 3rd Brigade, a combat team fighting the al-Shabab Islamic extremists in southern Somalia.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group's Andalus radio station.

Al-Shabab, which is allied to al Qaida, has been waging a deadly insurgency across large parts of Somalia and often uses suicide car bomb attacks.

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