Newly elected Somali president escapes assassination attempt

by Akan Ido

The newly elected president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, was reported to have escaped an assassination attempt a while ago.

Two loud explosions were heard near his temporary residence at the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu killing at least one person but officials inside the hotel say the president and his entourage are safe and were unhurt in the incident.

The president was reported to have been meeting with a Kenyan foreign minister, Samson Ongeri, when the incident happened.

The president and Kenyan delegation were escorted out of the hotel to an undisclosed location.

Mohamud was elected Monday beating Sheik Shariff Sheikh Ahmed who was seeking re-election after leading a transitional government for three years.

Mohamud is the first elected president of the troubled country which did not have a full functioning government for a 21-year-period.

Al-Shabab, a radical Islamist militia is opposed to Mohamud’s election saying it had been manipulated by the west.

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