Somali security chief, Abdiweli Ibrahim Mohamed, was murdered late yesterday by one of his bodyguards radicalized by the country’s militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.
Abdiweli Ibrahim Mohamed, the head of national security in Somalia’s Middle Shebelle region, was gunned dead in Jowhar town, about 90km (56 miles) north of the capital, Mogadishu.
The militant group said it was behind the slaughtering of the top security official who was shot by one of his bodyguards, Reuters news agency reports.
Police officer Ahmed Mohamud said ” the killer fled the scene immediately leaving two bodyguards wounded after a clash.”
The officer added that the authorities are after him and that two bodyguards who were wounded in the shooting are currently undergoing treatment.
After the killing of the group’s regional commander, Mohamed Gamaghere Kuno (Garrissa attack mastermind), the Al-Shabaab jihadist group has resorted to an unrestrained revenge bout against Somalia, Kenya and AMISOM.
Just hours after his death, a big explosion hit Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, as some militants storm popular Hotel Ambassador.
The explosion was followed by sporadic gunfire and Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group took responsibility for the attack. Somali forces later ended the raid, killing those involved.
The terror group also carried out another daylight attack aginst Ethiopian army base in Halgan area. The raid was similar to El Adde attack in January this year.
Reports say the militants used a suicide car bomb to break into the base occupied by Ethiopian troops, but the troops were able to overpower the attackers.
In Kenya’s Mandera, the group attacked police escort car with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The blast killed five policemen burning them to death , injuring several. The attackers fled the scene, running across Somalia’s border with Kenya.
Also in Garrissa, the driver of an ambulance heading to pick up patients at the Hulugho Sub County Hospital was killed with an explosive device. The attack also left at least three medics severely injured.
Garissa County Communications boss Yusuf Korow said survivors of the attack include a co-driver, a health nutritionist and a student who were admitted to the Hulugho Sub-County Hospital.
Following the attack, Kenyan authorities raided the group’s bolt-hole in Kwale, killing two wanted members who have been on their wanted list for their involvement in terror activities in Kenya. The police also captured six other suspected Al-Shabaab members in the raid including Idris Aden who is still on the wanted list.