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AU convoy hits landmine in southern Somalia, no casualties 

MOGADISHU(Xinhua) -- Africa Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) convoy hit a landmine Tuesday morning in the Middle Shabelle region in southern Somalia but no casualties have been reported so far, a government official said.

Mahaday District Governor Abdullahi Mohamed Hussein told journalists that the convoy travelling in Burane area in Mahaday hit the landmine which is suspected to have been planted on the middle of the road.

“The AMISOM convoy hit a huge landmine in Burane and there was a heavy blast. None of the soldiers died,” said Hussein.

The governor said security agencies had identified two armed men who are suspected of planting the mine and are in hot pursuit of them. The militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Residents reported of a huge blast Tuesday. “There was a heavy blast in our village. We learnt AMISOM forces were the target,” Ahmed Abdi told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, authorities in the Lower Jubba region which borders Kenya have seized a vehicle with explosives which they say was destined for Kenya to carry out attacks.

“We seized a vehicle loaded with explosives heading to the Kenyan side to carry out terrorist attacks,” said Dhobley police commander Haybe Ahmed.

The police chief also noted the officers arrested two people who were in the car. Dhobley is at border with Kenya and has been subjected to Al-Shabaab attacks in the past. 

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