High ranking Somali security officer left seriously wounded after explosive device was fitted to his car.
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Two heavy explosions took place today in the Somali capital Mogadishu. One of the explosions targeted a top government official responsible for security affairs, whilst the other explosion was reported to have targeted Hotel Oriental were a meeting was taking place between security officials and high ranking police officers.
The first explosion took place at the Makkah Al-Mukarramah road, which has become associated with numerous violent incidents in the past weeks. According to reports the explosion was caused by an explosive device fitted to a car belonging to Ahmed Omar Mudane, the Deputy Chief of Security responsible for the Lower Shabelle province. According to eyewitnesses Mudane was left seriously wounded after the attack and was then taken away by an ambulance. According to several sources close to Mudane, after being taken hospital one of his legs was amputated due to the severity of the injury and remains in a critical condition.
The second explosion which took place at Hotel Oriental in the Shibis district of Mogadishu where several high ranking officials were conducting a meeting, such as Abdihakim Dahir Sa’id and other officials such as Mogadishu’s mayor Mahmud Tarsan. Some sources also suggest that the Minister of Security Abdikarim Guled may also have been present at the meeting. The explosion was caused by a car loaded with explosives which was triggered via the use of a remote and left at least four people injured.
Witnesses reported that there was a two hour difference between the two explosions and confirmed that they were two separate incidents. They further added that a total of at least two people died in the attacks while five others were left seriously wounded.
The attacks come a few days after the graduation of Somali commandos, who were trained at the hands of American trainers according to some sources. This will be the first time in two decades that commandos will operate again in Somalia. It’s hoped by some that they’ll aid in the fight against Al-Shabaab and bring back stability to Somalia, however their newly assigned mission seemingly becomes more impossible day after day with the increase of attacks in Somalia.