Suicide bomb kills 17 in Somalia (photos)

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On Sunday, an estimated 17 Somalian citizens were killed in a car bombing in the capital city of Mogadishu.

According to Police Capt. Osman Mohamed, the suicide bombing was an assassination attempt on the new Somali military chief, Gen. Ahmed Mohamed Irfid. The attack was conducted by the terrorist organization, Al-Shabaab.

The bomber tried to ram his vehicle into a convoy carrying Irfid, which was traveling on a busy street between the military academy and the ministry of defense headquarters. However, the bomber missed the convoy target and hit a minibus carrying passengers instead.

According to ambulance driver Ahmed Hussein, many of the injured citizens died on their way to the hospital.

Fortunately for Irfid, he escaped the attack uninjured.

Irfid was appointed to security chief just three days ago by Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo, who is a strict opponent of radical Islamic fundamentalist groups like Al-Shabaab.
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