Somalia: Four killed in bomb explosion
MOGADISHU – Four soldiers have been killed in roadside bomb explosion claimed by Al Shabaab in north of Somali capital Mogadishu.
The explosion followed by an ambush attack targeted an armored vehicle carrying government soldiers while heading to Hiliwaa area in the capital.
The Al Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab group says it carried out the gun and bomb attack.
The group claimed to have killed at least 4 government soldiers in the latest assault in Mogadishu.
Somali police and security officials were unavailable to reach on the phone for comments over the claims made by Al Shabaab.
The group has been driven out of many urban areas since 2011, however it still controls territory in rural areas and carries out gun attacks and bombings on military and civilian targets.
The African Union has a combined contribution of roughly 22,000 personnel to fight against the Al-Qaeda inspired group in Somalia.
Somalia has been mired in violence and lawlessness since early 1990s when dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled.
Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia