The governor of Mudug, a region of Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland, was killed by three of its bodyguards in a suicide bombing on Sunday alleged by Islamist group al Shabaab, police said.
“A suicide bomber hit the governor’s car. Governor Ahmed Muse Nur and three of his bodyguards died, ”police chief Mohamed Osman told Reuters.
Al Shabaab has been fighting for years to throw Somalia’s western-backed central government, often carrying out bombings in Somalia and elsewhere in the region. The group wants to establish its own government in the Horn of Africa country, based on its own strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.
“We are behind the explosion. It was a suicide bomb. We killed the governor of the Mudug region and his three bodyguards, ”al-Shabaab military operations spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters.