Somali army major killed in skirmish in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU – Somali army major and his bodyguard were killed when skirmish took place a few meters away from the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
Major Mohamed Suleiman Aboukar, 34, succumbed to his injuries after he was seriously wounded by hotel security guards in confrontation, a witness said.
He says Aboukar was visiting a hotel near the presidential palace when the hotel guards mistook him for Al Shabaab.
Somali police say the soldiers, who were on the scene of the clash were arrested.
It says the suspects would be interrogated over Abukar’s death.
Major Aboukar was an army commander with 13 years of military experience in Somalia.
He also took part in a recent military offensive that drove Al Shabaab out of key towns in the southern region.
This comes as Somalia still continues to struggle to counter Al-Shabab threats.
The al Qaeda affiliate group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force.
The Islamic militant group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.