Somali government spokesman wounded in suicide attack in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Jan 16 (EFE).- The spokesman for the Government of Somalia, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, was injured today in an attack perpetrated by a suicide in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, the Police reported. The attack took place on the central Makka Al-mukarama road, one of the busiest in the city and where there are government offices, hotels and restaurants. The attack, which caused a strong explosion, was directed at a vehicle in which Moalimuu, advisor to the Prime Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble, and former correspondent for the British network BBC in this country in the Horn of Africa, was traveling. According to state media, the government spokesman is receiving medical care at a Mogadishu hospital. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the jihadist group Al Shabab, affiliated with the Al Qaeda terrorist network since 2012, frequently commits this type of violent action in Mogadishu. Last Wednesday, at least eleven people died and another fifteen were injured today in a suicide attack with a car bomb in the Somali capital that Al Shabab claimed. The group controls rural areas of central and southern Somalia, a country in which it seeks to establish a Wahhabi-style Islamic State (ultra-conservative). The bloodiest Al Shabab attack occurred in the Somali capital in October 2017 with truck bombs that caused more than 500 deaths. Somalia has lived in a state of war and chaos since 1991, when dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown, leaving the country without an effective government and in the hands of Islamist militias and warlords.

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