BOSASO — A roadside bomb targeting a military vehicle carrying soldiers from Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland state has killed at least six troops and wounded eight others while traveling from Galgala hills near Bosaso town.
Freelance journalist Mohamed Sofeisane told The Messenger Africa that the bodies of six military soldiers and eight wounded were brought to a hospital in the port city of Bosaso.
“I saw bodies of six soldiers, some of the severed ones and eight others were also hospitalized. I visited there, in a bid to make photos,” Sofeisane added.
Mohamed Shine Osman, a Puntland military officer confirmed to The Messenger Africa that the troops were heading to Galgala hills, when a roadside explosion tore through the military vehicle.
“Indeed, I can confirm to you that at least six soldiers died and eight others were wounded in the blast but all victims were admitted into hospital,” Osman said.
The armed group al-Shabab’s spokesman for military operations, Sheikh Abulaziz Abu Muscab claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion, saying at least six soldiers had been killed in the attack. Sunday’s attack comes hours after at least one person was wounded in a bomb explosion at a coffee shop in Mogadishu’s Wadajir neighborhood.
Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare