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Somali soldiers stand near a destroyed building after a suicide attack that targeted a convoy escorting a senior military general in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday Sept, 18, 2016. A Somali police officer says a powerful suicide car bomb killed a senior Somali military general and five of his body guards near Somalia's defense ministry Sunday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somali general killed in al-Shabaab car bombing


Al-Shabaab, an arm of al-Qaeda in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for a car bomb in Mogadishu that killed a Somali general and four of his guards Sunday, according to CNN

Reuters and Voice of America are reporting that six bodyguards, rather than four, were killed in the attack. Accounts and figures given by al-Shabaab and government officials often differ.

Gen. Mohamed Roble Jimale, also known as "Goobaale," and his bodyguards were killed as they were leaving a compound and their convoy was hit by a car loaded with explosives. 

"We captured five military vehicles and killed several members of the government forces," al-Shabaab's military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters. 

Jimale was the commander of the Somali Army's 3rd division and was a key figure in the fight against the Islamist militant group. 

Gen. Yusuf Mohamed told CNN Jimale was wounded in the attack and later died at the hospital. 

This is just the latest in a series of attacks by the Somali extremist group, which has frequently targeted the Somali government and military. 

Just last month, an al-Shabaab truck bomb exploded outside the Somali presidential palace and a popular hotel in Mogadishu. 

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