The commander of the Somali Custodial Corps, Gen Mahad Abdirahman Adan, has survived a bomb attack targetting his convoy in Mogadishu, the East African nation’s capital.
Adan and other senior government officials who were travelling with him escaped unhurt but two soldiers reportedly died in the incident.
The attack comes just days after Sadiq Adan Ali Dodishe, the spokesperson for the Somali Police, escaped unhurt in a bomb attack incident in Waberi District of Banadir region near Mogadishu.
Somalia holds its Presidential elections on Monday, 8 February 2021 and death tolls from attacks like this have become increasingly secretive in the East African country. However, it is believed many were severely injured.
In the Dodishe’s incident, a land mine buried in the side of the road was said to have exploded. The police spokesperson was not in his vehicle at the time of the attack.
Only one woman, who was at the scene, was reportedly wounded.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for either explosion, but the jihadist group al-Shabab are suspected of being behind both attacks.