New army chief survives car bomb that kills 13
MOGADISHU | Somalia’s new military chief survived a suicide car bomb attack Sunday that killed 13 people, police say.
Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale had just been sworn into office and was traveling in a convoy with senior military officials when the bomb exploded near the Defense Ministry compound in Mogadishu, police say.
Five soldiers and at least eight civilians traveling in a passing minibus were killed, said a senior Somali police officer.
Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack.