Somali army chief General Odawaa Yusuf Rageh survives from an assisination attempt after a suicide car bomb has been targeted to his convoy in Mogadishu soon after they left from defense ministry.
One civilian was killed on Monday when a suicide attacker drove a bomb-laden car into a convoy in the capital Mogadishu.
The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group said it was behind the attack.
General Yusuf Rage was in the convoy near a military hospital in Mogadishu’s Hodan district when the blast struck, Colonel Abdiqani Ali, a military spokesman, said.
“The commander’s guards opened fire on the suicide car bomb as it speedily tried to swerve into the convoy. The bomber was shot dead and his car bomb exploded. The commander and his guards escaped unhurt,” he said.
” I’m praising my guards the did the best, the aim was to kill me” said General Adawa in interview.
Mogadishu’s Aamin Ambulance service said it collected the body of one civilian. Half a dozen others were wounded but it was unclear how severely.
General Rage was appointed last August at the age of 32, making him the youngest army chief in Somalia’s history.