Somalia’s army chief survives suicide bombing Jul 14, 2020 0 53 12345 AFPMogadishuSomalia’s army chief, General Odowa Yusuf Rage, on Monday survived a suicide bomb attack that was claimed by the Al-Shabaab jihadist group, military sources said.A civilian died and half a dozen other people were wounded in the attack on his motorcade in the capital Mogadishu, one said.“The terrorist, driving a Toyota Surf Land Cruiser, tried to strike a convoy escorting the army chief when the security forces fired several warning shots to stop him,” said Captain Mohamed Ismail, a military official.“But he ignored (the shots), and the forces directly fired on him, detonating the vehicle. A civilian died and six others were wounded, including two soldiers,” he said.Suleyman Ali, another military officer, said, “The security forces shot a suicide car bomber who tried to sneak into the convoy escorting the military chief Odowa Yusuf Rage. The army chief survived the attack and he is safe.”Security forces briefly detained several journalists who arrived on the scene.The general was appointed last August at the age of 32, making him the youngest army chief in Somalia’s history.Monday’s attack was claimed by Al-Shabaab through their media outlet Shahada, according to the US monitoring group SITE.The jihadists, who are affiliated to Al-Qaeda, were driven out of Mogadishu by government forces backed by 20,000 African Union peacekeepers in 2011. But they still control swathes of territory outside the cities and carry out attacks, specialising in suicide bombings, against government and international targets. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59 Jul 14, 2020 0 1293 Iran says virus death toll tops 13,000 Jul 14, 2020 0 302 Shooting down of Ukrainian aircraft due to ‘human error’: Iran Jul 14, 2020 0 44 Third Iranian lawmaker dies from coronavirus Tehran Another lawmaker has died in Iran due to an infection with the coronavirus, the news agency ISNA reported on Monday. Issa Jafari is the third member of the Iranian parliament to die of the coronavirus since the .. Hezbollah parliamentary bloc lodges complaint against US ambassador Beirut The parliamentary bloc of Lebanon’s pro-Iran Shiite movement Hezbollah on Monday lodged an official complaint with the Lebanese Foreign Ministry against the US ambassador in Beirut. Headed by .. Seven children, 2 women killed in Yemen air strike: UN AFP Dubai Seven children and two women were killed in an air raid in northwest Yemen, a UN agency said Monday, as Riyadh said it intercepted missiles fired by Yemeni Huthi rebels. The UN Office for the Coordination of .. Saudi coalition says it destroyed drones, missiles of Yemeni rebels DPA Riyadh The Saudi-led coalition said on Monday it had intercepted and destroyed four missiles and seven bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels towards the kingdom. Coalition spokesman .. Nigeria doctors begin latest strike amid pandemic AFP Lagos Doctors in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos began a three-day warning strike on Monday over welfare and inadequate protective kits, but said medics handling coronavirus cases would not be involved. The .. Detained Mali opposition figures freed Bamako All opposition figures who were detained in Mali after violent protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Friday have been released, their lawyers said on Monday. Alifa Habib Kone, one of the lawyers ..