Somalia: African Union troops hit by explosion
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A roadside bomb explosion has ripped through an armored vehicle carrying Ethiopian troops serving under African Union force in Somalia.
The explosion targeted the peacekeeping forces’ carrier in Halgan town in central Somalia’s Hiran region, a witness said.
The troops were heading to their base in the town.
Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for Monday’s bomb attack.
The group says it has killed two Ethiopian soldiers in the explosion.
There was no immediate comment from the African Union force in Somalia over the claims.
The militant group, The al Qaeda linked group used to control most major cities and towns in southern and central Somalia but a UN-mandated African Union peacekeeping troops has pushed them out of those areas.