Somali government spokesman wounded in suicide attack

Government soldiers look at the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu on January 16, 2022.

Government soldiers look at the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu on January 16, 2022.

A Somali government spokesman, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, was injured in a suicide car bombing in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia on Sunday.

Police spokesman, Abdifitah Aden, said that a suicide bomber blew himself up at Moalimu’s vehicle at a busy Dabka intersection in Mogadishu.

“The government spokesman is currently hospitalized in Mogadishu,’’ Aden told journalists and promised to provide more details once the ongoing investigations are completed.

Witnesses said the former journalist escaped with slight injuries and is out of danger.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the restive city but the militant group, al-Shabab, frequently stages such attacks in the capital and elsewhere in Somalia.

However, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble described the incident as an “odious terrorist attack.”

The Prime Minister said the attack was targeted at Government Spokesman, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu.

He confirmed Moalimu sustained injuries today but he is “in [a] stable condition.

He also wished Moalimu a “quick recovery.”

State media outlet SNTV News also reported on Sunday that Moalimu was injured “in a cowardly terrorist suicide attack [that] targeted his car,” in Waaberi, a district of the Banaadir region of Somalia.

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