MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least three soldiers were killed and two others wounded on Sunday in a bomb attack on a military vehicle in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The explosion targeted a military pick-up with soldiers near Hosh area in the capital, leaving 3 soldiers dead on board, a witness said.
He says two other soldiers were also left wounded in the explosion.
The victims were rushed into nearby hospital.
Somali armed group al Shabaab says it has been responsible for the Sunday’s attack through its website.
“We have killed and wounded military soldiers in an explosion in Mogadishu. Our orchestrated attack happened according to plan”, the group said.
al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group, that has been fighting for more than ten years to topple the weak-western-backed government based in Mogadishu.
The rebel group was ousted out of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 by the Somali army and African Union peacekeeping force following a joint military operation.
The al Qaeda affiliate also lost key towns in south and central Somalia to the coalition forces, but the group still holds large swaths in the rural areas.