Somalia roadside bomb kills at least 18 near Mogadishu

Published June 30th, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
A Somali soldier stands guard on June 26, 2016 on the scene of the attack on a hotel in Mogadishu that killed 15 people the day before and was claimed by al-Shabaab militants. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)
A Somali soldier stands guard on June 26, 2016 on the scene of the attack on a hotel in Mogadishu that killed 15 people the day before and was claimed by al-Shabaab militants. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

A roadside bomb on Thursday in Somalia blew up a packed minibus, killing at least 18 people, Al Jazeera reported.

The bus was struck by the explosion in Lafole, about eight miles west of Mogadishu. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

"All the 18 people on board the minibus are dead and burnt. A remotely controlled bomb along the road exploded," Abidkadir Mohamed, a police officer told Al Jazeera.

Reuters reported that the bus was being escorted by a truck carrying government troops. The government vehicle escaped undamaged.

Last week an attack on a hotel in Mogadishu by the al-Shabaab militant group killed 15 people.

The group, which seeks to topple the Somali government, frequently attacks civilians and security forces.


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