MOGADISHU, Somalia – The U.S. backed soldiers’ armored personnel carrier came under bomb attack claimed by al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
The soldiers were targeted a remote-controlled land mine while heading to Mogadishu, causing untold casualties, a witness said.
He says the explosion partially destroyed an armored vehicle carrying soldiers known as Bangaraf.
The soldiers reportedly opened fire to response to the attack.
The attack was immediately claimed by Al Shabaab.
The group says it has killed two soldiers in the bomb attack.
The attack comes after the militant group claimed to have killed six soldiers in Sabid town, some 40km away from Mogadishu.
Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has been fighting for more than ten years in Somalia.
The group wants to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.