Deadly suicide explosion hits military vehicle near Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A car laden with explosives has on Tuesday targeted an armored military vehicle carrying soldiers near Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
The explosion hit Somali military convoy travelling through Afgoye town, about 30 km southwest of Mogadishu, police officer, Hussein Mohamed said.
Mohamed says the explosion targeted Somali especial commandos trained by United State at Bailidogle.
Baledogle airfield is a military airbase, some 100 kilometers northwest of the capital Mogadishu.
It is unclear the exact figure of casualties.
Somalia’s armed group al-Shabab has claimed the responsibility for Tuesday’s suicide explosion in the town of Afgoye.
The group’s military operations spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab says it had been responsible for the bomb explosion on its website, saying 12 soldiers had been killed in explosion.
Al Shabaab group is battling the UN-backed government in Somalia, and has carried out a string of attacks across the region.
There was no immediate comment from Somali military officials over the claims made by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia