Somali President safe after being ambushed by Islamists
MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud escaped unhurt on Tuesday from an ambush on his heavily armoured convoy claimed by Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists, in the latest attack targeting the internationally backed leader.
Shebab gunmen claimed to have ambushed the convoy as it travelled to the port of Merka south of the capital and boasted of destroying vehicles with rocket-propelled grenades.
But officials said that the attack had failed and all in the presidential entourage were safe.
"Gunmen tried to disrupt the President's trip... but I can confirm the President and his delegation are well and reached their final destination Merka to have meetings with local community," said Somali army official Mohamed Qorey, speaking by telephone from Merka.