A governor in Somalia’s Puntland has been killed in a bomb attack by militants from the Takfiri al-Shabab group.
A suicide bomber detonated with Explosive device targeting Governor Abdisalan Hersi vehicle, the regional Governor of Nugal region blowing it up and killing him on the spot near Garowe police headquarters.
Governor Abdisalan Hassan Hersi of succumbed to the wounds he sustained in the bombing on Sunday shortly after arriving at a hospital, police and hospital sources said on Monday.
According to eyewitnesses, a bomber had run to the governor’s vehicle and detonated his explosives.
“He was in a critical condition when he was admitted to hospital,” a medic anonymously said. “He was badly wounded in the blast and he had little chance of surviving such serious injuries.”
A former police commander Chief Farah Galangool and a civilian were also wounded in the attack.
Puntland police Chief Muhyadin Ahmed Muse told the media that the suicide bomber was on the lookout and is currently conducting various investigations to find the people behind the blast.
Al-Shabab has claimed the responsibility for the explosion and declared that at least some of the Puntland administration officials killed in the attack.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab militants were driven out of the capital city, Mogadishu, with the help of international African Union forces in 2011.
The militant group has since lost power in most of its former strongholds; however, it still wields significant influence in vast swathes of the countryside, from where it recruits, coordinates, and launches attacks against government, military, and civilian targets in Somalia and neighboring countries.
Earlier this year, the terrorist group launched an attack against a military base used by US and Kenyan forces in neighboring Kenya.