General Yusuf Rage, head of Somalia’s military has survived a terror attack in the capital Mogadishu.
The attack on Monday, July 13 left one civilian dead when a suicide attacker drove a bomb-laden car into a convoy.
Al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
General Yusuf Rage was in the convoy near a military hospital in Mogadishu’s Hodan district when the attack occurred, a Somalia military spokesman confirmed.
“The commander’s guards opened fire on the suicide car bomb as it speedily tried to swerve into the convoy. The bomber was shot dead and his car bomb exploded. The commander and his guards escaped unhurt,” the spokesman is quoted by Al Jazeera.
General Rage was appointed in August 2019 at the age of 32, as the commander of the Somali National Army (SNA) which made him the youngest army chief in the country’s history.
Rage was born in 1987, he underwent military training in Uganda for about one year, he also studied VIP protection. He later went to Sudan for further training.
He was appointed the deputy head of the Villa Somalia Protection Unit, rising to be the chief of the unit.
Observers said his proximity to the president enabled him to be made the military chief.
Rage speaking to the media said that he was the target of the attack and that the aim was to assassinate him but that his security detail were very alert and foiled the suicide mission.
From 2008, the militant group al-Shabaab has been fighting against the Somalia government with an aim to establish its rule based on its own stern interpretation of Islamic law.