Deadly explosion hits African Union troops in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A roadside bomb explosion has targeted an armored African Union vehicle carrying peacekeeping troops in northeast of Somali capital Mogadishu.
The explosion hit African Union peacekeepers on board while travelling near Bal’ad town, some 30km northeast of Mogadishu, a witness said.
He says an armored vehicle was destroyed in the explosion.
Somali armed group Al Shabaab has claimed to have inflicted casualties on the soldiers, but declined to comment on the exact number of soldiers, who were killed or injured in the bomb attack.
There was no immediate comment from African Union mission in Somalia over the claims.
The al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has been fighting against Somali army forces and African Union troops since 2007.
The group was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, but it still hold large swaths in south and central Somalia.