By Hassan Istiila and Mohamed Dhaysane
At least one soldier was killed on Friday, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the central prison in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, a security official said.
“One of our brave soldiers lost his life as he tried to prevent the attack,” said Ahmed Arab, Security Ministry spokesman .
The main target of the attack was Gen. Hussein Hassan Osman, commander of the Custodial Corps -- a police branch which guards prisons, state media reported.
The commander, who was inside the prison at the time of attack, survived the alleged assassination attempt.
Militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
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