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Somalia MP survives assassination attempt in Mogadishu.

By NJ Correspondent:

Somali police inspect the scene of previous suicide car blast attack in the capital Mogadishu. Photo/File

A member of Somalia’s Federal Parliament has on Friday evening survived an assassination attempt targeted at his vehicle in Taleh area of Mogadishu’s Hodon district.

The lawmaker, Mohamed Abukate survived, two of his body-guards and a civilian were injured in a landmine blast attack.

Somali police officer, Cpt Mohamed Hussein said the lawmaker was targeted with a remote controlled roadside bomb while going to his residence.

There is no group who claimed responsibility so far but authorities blamed Al Qaida affiliated group Al-Shabaab who waged attacks against government officials, Aid workers, Politicians and elders.

Al-Shabaab assassinated several security officers and elders who participated in the past parliamentary election that selected the new Federal lawmakers in place.

Somali security forces are now investigating and a manhunt mission put in place.

Al-Shabaab has been in decline since 2011, but still control some areas and launches regular, deadly attacks against government, military and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere.


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