Somalia: Landmine hits passenger bus near Bal'ad, 6 dead

By Staff Reporter , Mogadishu, Somalia
Passenger bus hits landmine in west Bal'd, 6 dead

BALAD, Somalia - At least six civilians were killed, and several wounded after a roadside bomb ripped through a minibus carrying passengers in southern Somalia on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.

Confirming the incident, senior officials in Middle Shabelle region, told GO over the phone that the bus was hit by a landmine blast at Daniga village, located west of Bal’ad in the Middle Shabelle region.

The vehicle has left Afgoye, in Lower Shabelle region, about 30Km northwest of Mogadishu, and was en route to Bal'ad before the deadly roadside explosion that killed six civilians, including two women.

A number of other people have been injured by the Improvised explosives device (IED) on the minibus and were taken to a hospital in Bal'ad for treatment. No group has yet claimed credit for the attack.

The district lies some 36 kilometers northeast of the capital.

Local authorities previously blamed Al Shabaab for planting IED on the road linking Afgoye to Bal'ad targeting the military convoys carrying Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers and AMISOM troops.