Gen. Mohamed Roble Jimale Gobanle and his bodyguards were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle next to the general’s car near Somalia’s defense ministry compound in Mogadishu, Capt. Ali Nur said.
Gen. Gobanle was the commander of the Somali army’s 3rd Brigade, a combat team fighting the al-Shabaab Islamic extremists in southern Somalia.
al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, according the group’s Andalus radio station. al-Shabaab, which is allied to al Qaeda, has been waging a deadly insurgency across large parts of Somalia and often uses suicide car bomb attacks.