Published On: Sun, Apr 9th, 2017

New army chief escapes Suicide attack in capital

The newly appointed Somalia’s military chief Gen Mohamed Ahmed Jimale Irfid has narrowly escaped a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu on Sunday, April 9.

Witnesses said a bomber drove his explosives-laden vehicle a convoy that General Irfid was traveling in the vicinity of the country’s defense ministry headquarters in the capital.

The blast ripped through a bus ferrying civilians after missing the General’s convoy.

Al-Shabaab, the Al Qaeda-linked militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The passenger bus was completely destroyed by the powerful bomb, killing all on-board. So far, at least 15 people were reported to have been killed in the blast.

Pictures taken from the scene showed a pool of blood under the vehicle and burning debris littered on the ground following the suicide bombing.

The army chief was returning from a handover ceremony held at the defense ministry compound, where to took power from his predecessor at the time of the attack.

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