Mogadishu police chief survives Al-Shabab attack, several dead | Al-Shabab News


The suicide bombings targeted a convoy carrying the Somali capital’s police commissioner, officials say.

According to Somali officials, at least four people have been killed and nine injured after a suicide car attacked a convoy carrying the Mogadishu police chief.

Farhan Mohamud, the police commissioner, survived Saturday’s blast, police spokesman Sadiq Aden Ali said.

“We confirm that four people, including pedestrians, were killed in the attack and nine more wounded. The intention of the Al-Shabab militants was to kill the commander, but he survived,” Sadiq said.

Al-Shabab, an armed group linked to al-Qaeda that is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally recognized government, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group said they killed four police officers in the attack and injured five more. They claimed they were all bodyguards of the police chief.

Al-Shabab, who used to control parts of Mogadishu, was expelled from the coastal capital in 2011 by Somali troops backed by African Union soldiers.

The group still controls parts of rural southern and central Somalia and conducts frequent attacks in Mogadishu.

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