Monday 19th September, 2016
MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 19 (UPI/GNA) – The
Islamist militant group al-Shabab took responsibility for a suicide car bombing
in Mogadishu, Somalia, in which an army general was killed.
Maj. Gen, Mohamed Roble Jimale Gobanle,
commander of the army’s third brigade, and five of his bodyguards died Sunday
when their convoy was struck by a suicide bomber in a car heavily loaded with
explosives. His brigade, with coalition troops from the African Union, was
actively fighting the al-Qaida-aligned insurgents in southern Somalia.
The incident, and al-Shabab’s acknowledgment
of involvement, was announced on Radio Andalus, a pro-militant radio station,
which added the suicide bomber was also killed. Witnesses reported a powerful
explosion, and security official Mohanmed Hassan said several soldiers were
Gobanle’s death is the latest in a series of
high-profile killings in Somalia as it prepares for national elections in
October. Al-Shabab’s insurgency, since 2006, seeks to impose Islamic law on the
East African country.