Four Turkey-backed soldiers killed in Somalia explosion
MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least four Turkey-backed soldiers have been killed and four others were also injured in a roadside bomb explosion near the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The explosion ripped through a military vehicle late Tuesday night near Al-Birri hospital in the vicinity of Siinka Dheer, on the western suburb of Mogadishu, a witness said.
He says four soldiers were killed in the explosion.
The victims were taken into the hospital.
No group says it carried out the attack, but such attacks are often claimed by Al Shabaab.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.