28 May 2014

Somalia: Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Survives Landmine Attack

Mogadishu — Somali National Army (SNA) Commander-In-Chief Gen. Dahir Elmi Indho Qarsho has survived attempt on his life in Mogadishu's Hodon district according to officials on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports. A motorcade carrying Gen. Indho Qarsho wadded into a mainfield laid by unkown assailants, with the follow-up explosion wounding some his bodyguards. Army Chief escaped unhurt, sources added.

Hodon Police Station commander, Mohamed Dahir who spoke to reporters unveiled that they arrested suspects for the assassination attempt on the life of armed forces Chief. No group claimed responsibility for the attack as Al Shabaab continues to target Somali government officials with planned assassinations and suicide bombing.

Mogadishu security situation has been deteriorating since the removal of Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon who had a falling out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in December. Al Shabaab honed rampage by raiding army bases and launching day light assaults on the highly guarded structures including Villa Somalia Presidential compound where they more recently killed at least 17 people.


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