Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bomb kills five Somali soldiers outside Mogadishu

 MOGADISHU:  A roadside bomb set by the Somali extremist group Al Shabaab killed at least five soldiers and injured eight others on Tuesday outside the Somali capital Mogadishu, security forces and a spokesman for the militants said.

Al Shabaab (Web image) 

Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab frequently targets Somali and African Union security forces in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed Somali government and impose its own version of law in the country.

“A bomb hit a commando convoy,” Abdullahi Hussein, a senior police officer in the area told reporters. He said the attack took place in Alamada village, about 20 km northwest of Mogadishu.

An Al Shabaab spokesman confirmed that it had targeted the convoy and claimed a slightly higher death toll.

“We killed six commandoes, injured seven others and the bomb totally destroyed one of their pickups,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told reporters.

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud cut short an official visit to neighbouring Djibouti and cancelled another one to Sweden, which was scheduled to take place from March 1-3, “to address security matters,” his office said in an e-mailed statement.

Al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia claimed responsibility for attacks that killed at least 40 people over the weekend as African leaders called for increased international backing for multinational forces fighting the insurgents.

Gulf Today/Agencies