Somalia: Blast injures 7 people in Qansahdhere town

A bomb blast targeting a busy coffee shop has injured at least seven people, including government soldiers in Qansahdhere town in Somalia’s Bay region.

Two local officials were among the victims, as the coffee shop is popular with government soldiers, officials and ordinary people, according to District Commissioner Isak Mohamud Abdi.

“The main target of the blast was district officials but two of them and five of their bodyguards have been wounded in the explosion,” Abdi added.

He says all victims were taken to hospital for medical treatment in the town.

“Now, police officers started an investigation to hunt down the culprits who were behind this bomb explosion,” Abdi said.

He added, “The town is under siege since Al-Shabaab fighters were driven out of Qansahdhere. It is located about 340 km from Mogadishu.”

There was immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s explosion in the town.

Soldiers and police clash in Mogadishu

Separately, at least two government soldiers were killed when police soldiers and military forces exchanged deadly gunfire in Mogadishu.

Tuesday’s skirmish happened in city’s Yaqshid district after police clashed with a number of military soldiers over a dispute, police chief Mohamed Hussein told Radio Shabelle in Mogadishu.

“Two soldiers were only killed in the gunfight between police and military forces. It flared up over a dispute but we are investigating it,” Hussein said.

Latest accounts from the area are that the situation returned to normal after more government troops intervened between the warring sides.

It is not the first time that government soldiers disagreed and exchange deadly gunfire in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.

Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare