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Former Puntland Minister survives explosion

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Former finance minister of Puntland Haji Hassan Shire has survived an assassination attempt on his life after his vehicle was targeted by an explosion in Bosaso town in the north of Somalia.

Shire’s bulletproof vehicle was hit by a landmine explosion near hotel Ramadan in Bosaso, leaving some of his bodyguards wounded, a witness said.

He says Shire was unharmed in the attack.

Mr. Shire was one of Puntland’s presidential candidates on 2013 election won by Abdulweli Mohamed Ali Gaas.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Sunday’s explosion.

But, such attacks are often carried out by al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.

The militant group, founded in 2006, wants to impose a strict version of Islamic law and is fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government in Somalia.

The al Qaeda linked group used to control most major cities and towns in southern and central Somalia but a UN-mandated African Union peacekeeping force has pushed them out of those areas of the war-ravaged nation.


Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline