Mogadishu (Alshahid) – Three senior Somali government officials including two ministers escaped an overnight assassination attempt after roadside explosion in Mogadishu targeted a convoy, killing three people and wounding several others, a government official confirmed Friday.
The remotely controlled roadside bomb attack took place in Makka Al Mukarama road in the heart of the Somali government- controlled part of the capital as the officials were returning from a meeting at the Presidential Palace.
The convoy was carrying Abdurahman Abdishakur, Minister for Planning and International Cooperation, Mohamoud Abdi Ibrahim, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and the State Minister for Defense, Sheikh Yusuf Siyad Indha Adde. “Three people including two young children died in the explosion but none of the officials were hurt, accept that few guard were slightly injured in the explosion,” Abdelrasak Mohamed Qaylow, spokesman for the ministry of Information, told Xinhua.
A suicide car bomb targeted the state minister for defense on the same road early in the year. The sound of the huge explosion was heard for miles around the capital, Mogadishu where movement is limited during the night.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the latest attack but the Somali government laid the blame for the attack on the armed opposition Islamist insurgent group of Al Shabaab which often carries out similar attack against Somali government officials and members of the African Union peacekeepers based in Mogadishu.
The movement, which carried out similar high profile attacks on Somali government officials and AU peacekeepers, took responsibility for the suicide attack against the same government official in mid February this year.
Several senior Somali government officials have died as a result of such attacks by the radical group which wants to unseat the government and establish an Islamic State in Horn of African country.
The Al Shabaab movement, considered a terrorist entity, wages almost daily attacks on targets of Somali government and AU troops in Mogadishu, including roadside bombs and suicide explosions.
The group controls much of the south and centre of the war torn country while the internationally recognized Somali government runs only parts of the capital Mogadishu under the protection of the 5,000 AU peacekeeping forces.