MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The commissioner of Daynile district in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu survived after militants ambushed his convoy, in an attack claimed by the Al-Qaeda-aligned armed group Al-Shabaab.
Mohamed Abukar Ali, popularly known as Ja’far came under attack at El-saqiir area in Daynile district of the capital Mogadishu on Monday, which triggered a fierce exchange of gunfire between troops escorting him and assailants.
The official was a key member of forces who opposed an extension of president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s term in office in April and fought alongside opposition-aligned troops. Troops under his command seized key areas in Howlwadag and Hodan districts in the capital, and fired mortar shells on the presidential palace at the time.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed 6 soldiers and destroyed a military vehicle.
Banadir regional administration and Daynile district officials have not immediately commented on the assassination attempt.
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