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.
BREAKING: Al-Shabab suicide car bomber kills one of the senior military officers who led the war against the militant group for a longtime.— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) September 18, 2016
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.