Somalia: Blast injures six soldiers north of Mogadishu

File photo: Two boys carrying water walk down a road next to an IDP camp near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, December 2014 (AMISOM/AU UN Photo/Tobin Jones)

MOGADISHU — At least six soldiers have been wounded after a landmine blast tore through a military vehicle near Jowhar town, which lies about 90km north of Mogadishu.

Monday’s explosion happened in Kongo area, as the military soldiers were heading to Jowhar town, police captain Khalif Abdulle told The Messenger Africa by phone.

“I can confirm to you that six soldiers on board were wounded in the Kongo blast. The soldiers were heading to Jowhar. The injured soldiers were hospitilazied in the town,” Abdulle said.

Mohamed Deko, an eyewitness told The Messenger Africa that he had seen a black smoke following the explosion, adding that several soldiers were lying on the ground.

Deko said that the military vehicle was partially destroyed by the blast. He also added that some troops on board opened fire after the bomb attack.

“The injured soldiers were screaming as the other soldiers sealed off the scene of the blast. Two other vehicles carrying soldiers arrived and carried the wounds into hospital,” Deko added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s roadside explosion but Al Shabaab often carries out such attacks in towns in Middle Shabelle region.

Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare

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