A senior Somali commander and six other soldiers died Sunday after a suicide car bomber rammed his car into their military convoy as it travelled through the capital, Mogadishu, a military source said.

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“It was a highly organised terrorist attack,” said the source, who did not want to be identified.

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The commander was identified as Maj.- Gen. Mohamed Jimale Rooble Goobale. The suicide bomber was also killed.

Witnesses reported a powerful explosion while Islamist group al-Shabaab has taken responsibility for the attack on pro-insurgent radio Andalus.

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Several soldiers were also injured, security official Mohamed Hassan said.