Somali governor killed in al-Shabab suicide blast

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Abdisalan Hassan Hersi, governor of the Nugaal area in northeastern Somalia has been killed in a suicide bomb blast claimed by the al-Shabab armed group, police mentioned on Monday.

A former police commander and a civilian additionally wounded within the blast had been being handled in hospital, officers mentioned.

“The doctors tried to save the governor’s life, but unfortunately he died from his injuries. He was in a critical condition when he was admitted to hospital”, a police officer instructed the media.

Witnesses described the attacker working on the governor’s automobile earlier than detonating a suicide vest, triggering an explosion.

Al-Shabab is linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation. It controls a lot of southern and central Somalia, but in addition performs terrorist operations in Kenya. It is estimated to have a number of thousand fighters, together with international fighters, a few of that are from the Middle East with expertise within the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

The infamous organisation grew out of the anarchy that crippled Somalia after warlords ousted a longtime dictator in 1991. The group was pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 and misplaced most of their strongholds, however nonetheless management huge swathes of the countryside.