Al-Shabaab, the Islamist-militant group that’s been fighting the Somali government for the past decade, claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior army general and five of his bodyguards in the capital, Mogadishu.
Mohamed Roble Jimale Gobanle, commander of the Somali Army’s third brigade, died Sunday after a vehicle loaded with explosives detonated next to his convoy, the militia group said in an announcement on Radio Andalus, a broadcaster that backs the insurgents. The third brigade has troops fighting al-Shabaab in southern Somalia.
The assassination of Gobanle is among a series of high-profile killings in Mogadishu in recent months as the Horn of Africa nation gears up for elections next month. African Union troops are cooperating with Somali forces trying to eradicate al-Shabaab, which has been fighting an insurgency since 2006 to impose Islamic law in the country.