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Somali general killed in suicide car bomb attack

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Somali General's vehicle rammed by the suicide car bomb
Somali General's vehicle rammed by the suicide car bomb

A Somali general and at least seven of his bodyguards were killed on Sunday, September 18, 2016 when their vehicle was rammed by a car bomb.

According to police and the Islamist group, the car, containing the bomb, was driven by an al Shabaab suicide attacker in the capital.

Al Shabaab, which frequently attacks officials in Mogadishu, staged the latest attack in the build-up to a vote for a new Parliament and President as part of efforts to rebuild Somalia, shattered by two decades of war and chaos.

"Military General, Mohamed Roble Jimale, and at least seven of his bodyguards died," police colonel, Abdikadir Farah, told Reuters. "The suicide car bomb hit the car they were in. May God rest their souls."

The general was known by the name, Goobaanle. Somalis often have a nickname that is as commonly used as their proper name.

Somalia's Andalus radio, linked to al Shabaab, said: "A mujahid (fighter) was martyred as his suicide car bomb killed General Goobaanle." saying further details would follow later.

Al Shabaab, which once ruled much of Somalia, wants to topple the Western-backed government of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who is seeking re-election in the upcoming vote.

Voting for the 275-seat Parliament is scheduled to start on September 25 and to end on Oct. 10, with new lawmakers sworn in on Oct. 30. The lawmakers will, in turn, pick a president on Oct. 30.

Due to security concerns, including the continuing al Shabaab insurgency, voting will not be based on one-person-one-vote, rather on choosing members of the Legislative Assembly by about 14,000 people representing federal states across the nation.


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