Bus hits land mine killing 8 in Somalia

2017-10-23 11:42
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Mogadishu - At least eight people were killed and six others wounded on Sunday when a bus they were travelling in struck a land mine on a road in southern Somalia.

The incident occurred about 30km north of the capital Mogadishu.

"A civilian minibus ran over a land mine between Lower and Middle Shabelle regions. Eight civilians were killed in the blast and six others wounded," said Ibrahim Abdulle, a district security official.

Local residents said the road, which passes through territory controlled by Somalia's al Qaeda aligned Shabaab group, was rarely used because of security fears.

"There was a significant risk associated with the use of that road, but the driver insisted to use it," said Moalim Mohamed Ise.

Earlier this month a huge truck bomb killed at least 358 people in Mogadishu in the country's deadliest ever terrorist atack.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  somalia  |  east africa
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