A roadside improvised explosive device exploded eight miles outside Somalia’s capital Mogadishu yesterday, Garowe Online reported.
The fatal incident took place in Taredishe village. Witnesses told Garowe Online, on condition of anonymity, that the bomb missed a Somali national army vehicle and impacted a civilian minibus killing three and injuring two. The victims of the blast were taken to a nearby hospital.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack however the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab frequently strikes targets in densely populated areas near Mogadishu.
Last week, the United States and Somalia’s national security forces conducted a counter-terrorism raid in Lower Shabelle region, rescuing some 30 children from Al-Shabaab.
Al-Shabaab seeks to dislodge the Somali government and implement a strict version of Islamic law across Somalia. In 2012 the group pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
Last week, 34,000 Somalis were left homeless as government forces destroyed 3,000 shelters. In addition, the country is struggling to provide for the two million internally displaced people who have been affected by drought in the country which has witnessed conflict for more than a decade.