Somalia blast kills at least 7 soldiers in Wanlaweyn
An bomb targeting soldiers in southern Somalia killed seven on Thursday, a government official said, the second such incident in two days.
The incident took place in the town of Wanlaweyn in the Lower Shabelle region, about 90 km (55 miles) northwest of the capital, Mogadishu, when a pickup carrying the soldiers was hit.
“Seven soldiers including their commander died and two others were wounded. They were all onboard a pickup when the bomb exploded,” said Ali Nur, deputy governor of the Lower Shabelle region.
Wanlaweyn district is close to the Balidogle airbase where the US Special Forces recently built a major base.
An explosion in the same town on Wednesday killed at least five. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab took responsibility.