The terror group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a terror strike that killed 17 in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
The Muslim-tied murder was carried out by a suicide bomber who drove his car through a crowd, in attempt to take out the new military chief.
CNN has the story:
“Terror group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility through a statement on Andalus Radio, its main radio channel.
“Police Capt. Osman Mohamed said the attack was an attempt to assassinate the new Somali military chief, Gen. Ahmed Mohamed Irfid….
“The bomber tried to drive into a convoy carrying Irfid, but missed and rammed into a minibus carrying passengers, police said.
“Irfid, who was appointed just three days ago by Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo in a major security shake-up, escaped unharmed. Ambulance driver Ahmed Hussein told CNN that some of the injured died on their way to hospital.
“Al-Shabaab aims to make Somalia a fundamentalist Islamic state, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.”
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