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Car Bomb Kills Senior Somali Military Official

Somali soldiers stand near a destroyed building after a suicide attack that targeted a convoy escorting a senior military general in Mogadishu, Sept, 18, 2016.

A senior Somali military official was killed in a car bomb explosion in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday.

General Mohamed Roble Jimale aka “Goobaale” and six of his bodyguards died when their convoy was hit by a car loaded with explosives near the entrance of Somalia’s ministry of defense headquarters in Mogadishu, Abdifitah Omar Halane, a spokesman for the Mogadishu regional administration told VOA.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

The general was the head of the 3rd battalion in the Somali army and was also a leading officer in the fight against the Somali militant group.

Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has remained a potent antagonist in Somalia, launching frequent attacks aimed at overthrowing the Western-backed government.