Senior Somali official killed in Mogadishu bomb attack
Mogadishu (Harar24) – At least seven have been reported dead in the aftermath of an explosion in the KM-4 area of Mogadishu which is believed to have targeted a senior Somali government official.
The victims of this explosion include the former secretary of Mogadishu’s administration, Abdikafi Hilowle Osman and five of his bodyguards who reportedly died instantly at the scene, after his Toyota pick-up truck was detonated at noontime today. According to witnesses at the scene, the explosion came from the car itself which led many to believe the explosive device was fitted to the official’s vehicle.
The attack was claimed by the militant Al-Shabaab, who justified the attack by claiming that Mr. Osman had caused “great difficulties for the Muslim people of Mogadishu”. The group’s military spokesman, Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Mus’ab said: “The operation was successful which resulted in the killing of this apostate commander who was responsible for heinous crimes against the people of Mogadishu. He was also involved in the recruiting of spies on behalf of foreign anti-terror intelligence services”.
This attack comes a few hours after a Somali lawmaker Abdullahi Ahmad Hussein, survived an assassination attempt after an explosive device fitted to his car exploded in the Hamarweyne district of Mogadishu.
In the recent days and weeks, Al-Shabaab have stepped up their attacks in the Somali capital which have specifically been targeting Somali officials. Last week two Somali lawmakers were killed in two separate attacks which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for. Amidst accusations of corruption & inability, the Somali government headed by Hassan Sheikh Mahamud and the AMISOM have been accused of being incapable of handling similar attacks which are escalating in capital city.