Somalia Army chief survived a suicide attack in Mogadishu on Monday after an explosion targeting his convoy occurred near the army hospital, officials said.
The army commander had left the ministry of defense a minute before the massive attack that targeted his convoy, sparking heavy gunfire.
Ismael Mukhtar Omar, government spokesman said the massive attack in Hodan district in Mogadishu targeted the country’s army chief General Odawaa Yusuf whose convoy was passing near the main military hospital.
“The explosion occurred near the Army Hospital, targeting the Force Commander. There were no casualties but resulted in injuries,” Ismael said in a statement.
A plume of black smoke could be seen billowing from the scene. Independent sources said one person was killed while several others was injured in the latest attack in the Horn of Africa nation.
Witnesses reported the blast near Tarabunka junction in Hodan district.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack but al-Qaida allied terrorist group, al-Shabab which is fighting to overthrow the government has usually staged such attacks the past, targeting military bases and public places.