Somalia: UN backed soldiers hit by explosion near Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A roadside bomb explosion has ripped through UN-mandated African Union troops near Somali capital Mogadishu.
The explosion targeted an African Union personnel carrier in Arbaco area near Mogadishu, causing untold casualties, a witness said.
The soldiers were heading to army base in the area, when the explosion went off.
He says some soldiers on board fired heavy gunfire to response to the attack.
It is unclear how many were killed or injured in the attack.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday’s bomb explosion.
The African Union mission based in Mogadishu has not commented on the attack yet.
But, Somali armed group Al Shabaab often carries out such attacks on African Union troops and Somali army forces in and out of the capital.
The African Union peacekeeping troops have been battling Al-Shabaab since 2007.
The Al Qaeda linked group was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, but still holds large swaths in south and central Somalia.