Deadly blasts kill six soldiers in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least six soldiers, including two military officers, were killed on Wednesday onboard in double roadside bomb explosions near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police said.
The bomb blasts ripped through convoy belonged to Danab special forces, while traveling near Elasha Biyaha area, just 15km south of Mogadishu, a witness said.
He says the explosion damaged an armored personnel carrier with well-equipped soldiers, shortly after departing from the capital, Mogadishu.
“I was nearby tea-shop when I heard a huge sound of explosions. I saw bodies of soldiers and a burning military vehicle”, he said.
Hussein Mohamed, a police officer said that six soldiers, including two military officials, were killed in the bomb attack.
Mohamed said several other soldiers on board were also wounded badly before the victims were taken into hospitals in Mogadishu.
Danab unit is Somalia’s Special Forces trained by United State military trainers and advisers based in Baledogle town, about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu.
Baledogle, an air base, is believed to house US special forces, Somali special forces and other African Union peacekeepers in Somalia where US launches its drones.
Pentagon has about 500 to 600 personnel in Somalia, said in a statement released by US Africa command.
No group says it has carried out Wednesday’s explosions, but such attacks are often claimed by an al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group.
The Islamic militant group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The rebel group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.