A general view shows security officers near the wreckage of a minibus at the scene of an explosion near a military base in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
Al Jazeera: New army chief survives deadly Mogadishu bomb blast
At least 15 people are killed in bomb blast near Somalia's defence ministry, in an attack claimed by al-Shabab.
Somalia's new military boss has survived a suspected suicide car bomb attack that has killed at least 15 people, according to police.
General Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, who was recently named new chief of defence forces, was travelling with senior military officials on Sunday when the bomb exploded near Somalia's defence ministry compound in the capital, Mogadishu.
The death toll could rise as a minibus carrying passengers was also destroyed in the blast.
"When we arrived at the scene, we counted bodies of 15 people. Most of them were severed," Mire Aden, a local police chief, told Al Jazeera.
"A number of soldiers are among the dead," he said, adding that Jimale had survived the blast. None of the civilians had survived, Aden said.
Armed group al-Shabab, which has carried out frequent attacks aimed at overthrowing the country's internationally recognised government, has claimed responsibility for the blast.
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