Somalia: 11 people killed in explosion near Mogadishu

MOGADISHU – A roadside explosion on Sunday claimed the lives of at least 11 people a week after an estimated 350 people died in a truck bombing in Mogadishu.

Sunday’s explosion hit a minibus carrying passengers outside Balad town, some 36 km southeast of the Somali capital Mogadishu, according to Mohamed Fariyow, a witness. He told The Messenger Africa that several women were among those killed in Sunday’s roadside explosion.

The main target of the bomb attack was a Somali military convoy carrying soldiers that was passing near the scene of the bomb blast, according to Fariyow. “We took burned bodies at the scene of the explosion. I believe the target of the attack was government soldiers, but they survived,” he said.

The victims were said to be farmers who were heading on the bus to Balad town in Middle Shabelle region when the bomb struck.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the explosion but al-Shabab has carried out similar attacks in and around the capital in recent months.


Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia