MOGADISHU At minimum three Somali soldiers on a ordnance-clearing mission have been killed on Monday by a roadside bomb just 90 km (sixty miles) north of the capital, from where Islamists militants have been routed 6 several years in the past.
Al Qaeda-connected al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the assault at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city of Shalanbood in the Reduced Shabelle location.
“We went out of city in look for of bombs but a person experienced been planted right on the spot where we have been based mostly,” regional armed forces formal, Mohamed Nur, reported.
“The blast killed three of my colleagues and hurt four other people,” he told Reuters.
The insurgents gave a larger toll.
“We are behind the bomb at the checkpoint that killed four soldiers, which include two officers,” al Shabaab’s armed forces operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, reported.
The group carries out frequent attacks in and all around the capital Mogadishu in its ten years-previous endeavor to topple the Western-backed governing administration and generate out African Union peacekeeping troops.
Somalia has been at war since 1991, when clan-based mostly warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each and every other.
(Reporting by Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh Composing by Aaron Maasho Editing by Louise Ireland)