Militants say they have ambushed Somali President's convoy
MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents ambushed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Tuesday, the militants said, claiming to have destroyed vehicles with rocket-propelled grenades.
"We ambushed a convoy that was escorting the self-appointed Somali President," Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP, adding that fighting was continuing near the port of Merka. There were no immediate reports of any casualties.
The ambush took place near the small settlement of Buffow, close to the port of Merka, a former Shebab stronghold captured one year ago around 100km south of the capital.
“We were tracking his (Mohamud’s) movements...the fighting is still going on,” Mr Musab said.