Somalia's new military chief survives terror attack which kills 13

Somalia's new military chief survives terror attack which kills 13General Mohamed Ahmed Jimale had just been sworn into office and was traveling in a convoy with senior military officials when the bomb exploded near Somalia's defense ministry compound in Mogadishu, police say.

This is reported by The Associated Press.

Five soldiers and at least 8 civilians traveling in a passing minibus were killed, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer.
Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bomb gave an explosive start to Jimale's term as the chief of the Somali National Army. He was appointed on Thursday by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed who declared Somalia a war zone. The president, who was elected in February, replaced his military and intelligence chiefs and instructed the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabab extremists. Mohamed also replaced the country's police chief and Mogadishu's mayor.

The shakeup is an attempt to improve the worsening security situation as al-Shabab, allied to al-Qaida, steps up deadly bombings in the capital.
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