Somali police said former defence minister of Somalia has just been blown up by a bomb planted in his car. He was blasted by an explosive attached under his car seat which exploded in the capital Mogadishu.
Police officer Ibrahim Mohamed said Muhidin Mohamed, who served as a defence minister in 2008, met his death after an explosive device was attached to his car.
No group immediately claimed responsibility of the gruesome attack in which another person was also injured.
Afterwards, reports say Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab had released statement claiming that it planted the car bomb which murdered former Defence Minister Muhidin Mohamed in the capital, Mogadishu, wounding one other person.
This is the latest in a string of deadly attacks which the militants Islamist group al-Shabab has been launching in Somalia. The group is battling to form an Islamic state.
In a bid to achieve the odd objective, the group has in the past targeted officials of the internationally supported government in Mogadishu, which is backed by 22,000 African Union troops.
The Islamists fight to prove to the entire world that the assertions they are close to being defeated, since it was routed from Mogadishu in mid-2011, are wrong.
A few days ago, the group claimed responsibility for a bomb attack planted in a laptop which ripped a hole in a passenger plane shortly after takeoff from the capital Mogadishu earlier this month.
Meanwhile there was speculation that Nigerian’s Boko Haram millitants come all the way to Somalia to receive training. The speculation quoted Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as saying it. But the president did not give any indication of when Nigerian militants received training from al-Shabab in Somalia.
al-Shabab has made mention of different countries’ terrorists, including Nigerians, coming to Somalia for training in the past.
However times have changed. Boko Haram pledged alliance to ISIS and has so far turned into the West African branch of the so-called Islamic State (IS) while al-Shabab remains devotedly committed to al-Qaeda. This somehow contradicts Somalia’s president recommendations.
Odds are that the two terror group still have links through the back door as al shabaab has fought against members betraying groups to join another groups. Or most probably some people who are not really Boko Haram member possibly from another faction still operates with al Shabaab.