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Gov't spokesman to be airlifted to Turkey for medical care
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Gov't spokesman to be airlifted to Turkey for medical care

Veteran journalist and the spokesperson of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimu is set to be airlifted to Turkey for specialized treatment. According to doctors at Digfer hospital, Moalimu is in a stable condition following yesterday's suicide attack. The spokesperson was wounded alongside his driver in a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu’s Dabka junction, on Sunday. The senior government official has previously survived four other explosions, including the 2009 Hotel Shamo bombing that killed about 25 people and an attack in August 2020 at a beachside hotel in the capital. The prime minister visited Moalimuu late Sunday night and wished him a speedy recovery. Moalimu was secretary-general of the Federation of Somali Journalists before he became government spokesman. The attack targeting the government spokesperson came days after a suicide bomber exploded a vehicle loaded with explosives, killing at least ten people at 21 October road.  The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the blast online.  The al-Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab carries bomb attacks on Somali security and government targets but also on civilians. Al Shabaab aims to topple the UN-backed central government and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. It also carries out attacks on African Union peacekeeping troops.

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