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
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
“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.