At least one person was killed after a roadside bomb targeting Somali forces exploded near the capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday.
The bomb ripped through a vehicle in a convoy travelling on the main highway linking Mogadishu and a small town, Wanlaweyn, in Lower Shabelle region after the convoy left Baledogle Airfield, a military airbase 70 miles northwest of Mogadishu on the afternoon of Saturday November 3rd. US Special Forces are training Somali forces inside Baledogle.
There are no reports on casualty figures in government military forces but the jihadist fundamentalist group al-Shabab said five soldiers were killed in the attack.
“The Mujahideen targeted government soldiers and al-Shabab officials confirmed the death of five soldiers,” a statement broadcast by the group’s radio station, Radio Andalus, confirmed.
Al-Shabab is an al-Qaeda-linked group fighting to overthrow the Somali government. It conducts attacks on government forces and African Union troops as well as civilian targets.
The group has been driven out of key towns including Mogadishu but it is still capable of carrying out high-profile attacks.
A 22,000-strong African Union force is in Somalia helping the Somali government fight Al-Shabab.