Somali colonel killed by Al Shabaab in Mogadishu

A Blast in Somali capital Mogadishu [Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare/Al Jazeera]

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A Somali military officer has been killed late on Saturday in bomb explosion in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, witness said.

The victim, whose name has been identified as Ragge was killed after bomb explosives fitted into his car, has exploded at Wadajir area in the capital, a witness said.

He was reportedly among Somali especial commandos trained by United State at Bailidogle.

Baledogle airfield is a military airbase, some 100 kilometers northwest of the capital Mogadishu.

The body of the colonel was taken into Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations, relatives said.

“We are now preparing his burial”, relatives said.

Somalia’s armed group al-Shabab has claimed the responsibility for the death of the colonel.

Al Shabaab group is battling the UN-backed government in Somalia, and has carried out a string of attacks across the region.

The group, which is allied to al-Qaeda, has been pushed out of most of the main towns it once controlled, but it remains a potent threat.

Mogadishu has been witnessed orchestrated assassinations, grenade bomb attacks suicide bombings and mortar rockets, which left dozens of people dead, as some those attacks were claimed by Al Shabaab group based in Somalia.

Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia