Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid survived a suicide bomb blast outside his home in the capital, Mogadishu, lawmaker Abdullahi Omar Abdshir said.
“The prime minister is safe and unharmed, but five security guards” may have been killed in the explosion today, Abdshir said in a phone interview from the city.
Somalia has had 10 different prime ministers over the past decade as it has sought to bring stability to the country after 21 years of civil war. African troops are fighting alongside the government to win back territory from Islamist militants.
Over the past 12 months, troops with the African Union Mission in Somalia, or Amisom, and the Ethiopian military have removed al-Shabaab, a militia linked to al-Qaeda, from key areas including Mogadishu, the port of Kismayo and Baidoa, the nation’s second-largest city.
Somali lawmakers in September elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud as president. Shirdon Saaid became prime minister in October.