Somalia general killed by al-Shabab suicide car bomber

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

“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 Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who is backed by Western powers and seeking re-election.

Source: BBC

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