Somalia’s government spokesman wounded in suicide bombing | world news

By HASSAN BARISE, Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Somalia’s government spokesman was wounded Sunday in a suicide attack blamed by the extremist group al-Shabab.

Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu appeared to be the sole target of the attack near his home at a busy intersection in the capital, Mogadishu. A statement from the prime minister’s office described Moaliimuu’s wounds as not life-threatening.

Such attacks were widely expected to increase as tensions rose in Somalia over a national election postponed by nearly a year.

“Such attacks are purely politically motivated actions,” said Mohamed Abdulaziz Omar, a local civil society activist, adding that this had happened in previous elections in the Horn of Africa nation.

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Moalimuu, a former BBC journalist, also survived an August 2020 attack after being wounded in a siege that killed 15 people at a beachside hotel in the capital. He was then Secretary General of the Federation of Somali Journalists. The al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group al-Shabab, which controls parts of Somalia, also claimed responsibility for the attack.

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