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Witnesses told Somalia Report a remote-controlled roadside bomb targeted the attorney together with other officials from Puntland while they were heading to assess recently trained forces in a camp called ‘Xero Galey’ in Galkacyo district.
Mohamud Hassan Aw Osman, the Attorney General who spoke to the media moments after the attack was carried out, confirmed that he was not harmed in attack but one of his guards was injured and is being treated in the General Hospital of the city.
Witnesses said the attack took place midday local time.
No group has claimed the responsibility for the failed suicide attack on one of the highest ranking Puntland officials; one person has been arrested in connection with the attack so far, officials confirmed to Somalia Report.
Insecurity and violence in parts of Puntland, particularly in Galkayo, have reportedly been rampant in the last few months with several other government officals who have also been targeted or assassinated.