Somalia: Female Lawmaker Survives Bomb Attack in Mogadishu
A female lawmaker has survived bomb explosion targeted to her vehicle in Mogadishu’s Taleh neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon, security official said.
The Member of the Parliament Samira Hassan Abdulle from Jowhar was in her vehicle driving to her residence when the roadside bomb blast hit the vehicle wounding two bodyguards.
According to Hodan district security official Nur Guled, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off when the vehicle passed a distance less than a meter.
“We suspect the terror group planted the IED on the roadside. We are investigating.” he told Somali Update Online.
The security official said the target of the attack seemed to be of the lawmaker who survived.
The MP, one of the new members of the Federal Parliament’s Lower House, was not reachable for comment.
Apart from the security officials narration of the attack target, yet no group immediately claimed the responsibility of the attack.
The attack comes hours after suspected Al-Shabab gunmen shot and killed a security officer in Mogadishu, as the Mogadishu Stabilization forces continued a massive search operation in parts of the southern portion of the capital on Wednesday.
The stabilization unit drawn from various security forces have targeting illegal arms and militias within Mogadishu, and seized hundreds of weapons, stolen government soldiers’ uniforms and illicit brews from the city neighborhoods since the end of the last month.