MOGADISHU, 8 January 2021 – Senior Somali government officials survived an explosion in the capital, Mogadishu that targeted the convoy they were traveling in.
General Mahad Abdirahman, the senior official in charge of Somali prisons and other government officials who were traveling with him escaped unhut.
Two soldiers were, unfortunately, killed in the attack and many residents who were at the scene of the explosion were injured.
Earlier in the week, another official – the spokesperson of the Somali police – Sadiq Adan Ali Dodishe survived a similar attack, according to reports posted on the website of the privately-woned Radio Dalsan.
“A land mine had been buried in the side of the road, and it targeted a vehicle the Somali police spokesman was in as it passed near the 21 October road in Waberi District,” the website story on the attack read.
Sharpnel damaged the vehicle the spokesperson was driving but he escaped the attack unharmed.
A woman who had to be passing near the spot where the explosive was buried was injured.
No group has claimed responsibility for these attacks, but Somali security officials say they bore the fingerprints of the jihadist group al-Shabab.
These recent attacks have raised additional fears that more will follow as Somalia prepares for elections next month.
Over 4,000 civilians have been killed in al-Shabab attacks in Somalia, according to Doctors Without Borders.