By Elite Reporter
At least six people were killed and several others injured on Friday after a minibus they were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb near Mogadishu, that is suspected to have been planted by Al-Shabaab terrorts.
The vehicle was reportedly carrying passengers from Mogadishu to a funeral in a nearby town when it ran over the explosive at Hawa Abdi village on Sunday.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which occurred on a road used frequently by government and security vehicles.
“I carried four dead people including my father in law,” Nur Haji Ahmed told Reuters from Madina hospital in Mogadishu, where the wounded were taken. He had rushed to the scene after a phone call from a relative.
For more than a decade, al-Shabab has been fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally recognised government.
The al-Qaeda-linked armed group used to control most parts of the country but, since 2011, its fighters have been pushed out of most large towns and cities including Mogadishu.
However, it has continued to carry out deadly suicide bombings and assassinations in the capital and its surrounding areas.
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