10 February 2014

Somalia: Deputy Governor Wounded in Mogadishu Blast

Mogadishu — The Deputy of Governor of Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia Ahmed Omar Mudan has been wounded in a bomb blast inside his car in Mogadishu on Monday, Garowe Online reports.

Witnesses reported that they have seen plumes of black some on the hearty road of Maka Al Mukarama which is frequently used by the vehicles and convoys carrying Somalia Federal Government officials to the heavily fortified presidential compound.

Lower Shabelle region governor Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur (Siidii) told reporters in Mogadishu that Mudane's leg has been severed in a surgical treatment.

"The deputy governor is being treated at Madina hospital, he sustains heavy injuries to his lower body," said Siidii adding that the explosion was caused by a bomb placed beneath his seat.

Photographic images taken from the scene of the blast show a stain of blood on the wreckage of the bomb attack.

Mogadishu security situation remains volatile as 22,000-strong African peacekeepers prop up the Mogadishu-based central government. Despite intelligence shake up, Al Qaeda liked Al Shabaab militants carry out deadly suicide bombings, planned assassinations and military-style ambushes in broad daylights in Mogadishu.

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