Deadly explosion kills AU soldier in central Somalia

MOGADISHU – At least a soldier with African Union peacekeeping forces has been killed and two others injured in roadside bomb explosion in central Somalia.

Friday’s blast targeted a convoy carrying Djiboutian soldiers serving under African Union peacekeeping forces in Jalalaqsi town, some 369 km away from Somali capital Mogadishu.

Local media reported that the explosion killed a soldier and injured two others on board.

The soldiers were on petrol at the time of the explosion.

The Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group claimed to have been behind the explosion.

The group says it killed several African Union soldiers.

There was no immediate comment from African Union mission over the claims.

Al-Shabab has been waging an insurgency in Somalia for more than 10 years.

A 22,000-strong African Union force is in the country to help the government in fighting against the al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: news@mareeg.com