Somali soldiers hit by explosion near Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least two government soldiers have been injured on board in bomb explosion near Somali capital Mogadishu.
The explosion ripped through a luxury vehicle carrying government soldiers while travelling near Weido area near the capital, leaving two soldiers injured, a local official, Abdullahi Ganbure said.
He says the explosion caused an improvised explosive device that was concealed under sacks on rabish on the roadside.
The victims were taken into hospital.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday’s bomb explosion.
But, such attacks are often carried out by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
The group carried out similar attacks in the capital for the past months, killing dozens.
The Al Qaeda inspired group also lost key towns to Somali army forces backed by African Union troops following joint military operations.
But, the group still controls large swathes of territory in rural areas in south and central Somalia.
The group, which once controlled much of Mogadishu capital in 2011, wants to overthrow the UN-backed Somali government and has imposed a strict version of Sharia in areas under its control.