MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least two government soldiers and a civilian were killed in a roadside bomb explosion near Wanlaweyn town in the Lower Shabelle region, about 90 km (55 miles) to the northwest of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The explosion ripped through a motorbike carrying soldiers near the town, leaving two soldiers and a bike driver dead on board, a witness said.
He says the military soldiers arrived at the blast scene and launched an operation over the bomb attack.
No group says it has carried out the explosion, but the armed group Al Shabaab often carries out such attacks in the capital Mogadishu and other regions in Somalia.
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.