Somali PM survives double attempt on his life
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The Somali Prime Minister and his convoy came under hail of bullets sprayed by Al-Shabaab insurgents as they we’re travelling nearby an area called Danow on the outskirts of the town of Qoryoley.
The ambush occurred as the Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, left the coastal city of Marka at noon time while heading towards the town of Qoryoley as part of his visit to the Lower Shabelle region. The Prime Minister however managed to escape the ambush unscratched and reach the town safely.
However, upon reaching the town and as he was trying to tour the recently AU captured town, the Prime Minister came under attack yet again by the militants and he was rushed to safety by AMISOM guards and troops as the battle intensified between Al-Shabaab and AMISOM near the town’s police station.
Al-Shabaab claimed the aim of the attack was to kill the Prime Minister, although not succeeding in doing so, they claimed to have killed others and at least destroyed one AMISOM vehicle. “Our mujahidin fighters carried out a well-planned attack targeting the Prime Minister ” said the militant group’s official military spokesman. “With the help of Allah, we managed to kill many AMISOM soldiers and destroy one armored vehicle” said Abu Mus’ab, the spokesman. However, the spokesman for the Prime Minister denied that any attack whatsoever took place in a message posted on his Twitter account.
Ever since the AMISOM forces have taken over the city, the militants have constantly been ambushing government & AMISOM forces, while cutting the supply lines of both, with officials in the Lower Shabelle admitting that forces situated in the city are unable to receive adequate supplies.
Al-Shabaab have previously carried out similar deadly attacks in the past targeting high ranking government officials, including the Somali president. However today attack marks the first time the insurgents carried out such a high profile attack in an area which had just recently been taken over and after claims that the city had been liberated of Al-Shabaab elements.