Somalia: 7 soldiers killed by landmines near Baidoa


At least seven soldiers were killed in landmine explosions, targeting a military convoy, on Saturday near Baidoa town.

Militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying several Somali and Ethiopian soldiers were killed in two roadside blasts. At least seven soldiers are confirmed to have died and several others were injured in the attack.


Soldiers targeted in Al-Shabaab attack

The first explosion struck a convoy as it was travelling from Wajid district in Bakol to the Bay region’s capital, Baidoa. At least four soldiers were killed in the attack and several others injured, according to reports.

The second landmine hit an army personnel vehicle carrying Southwest state troops in Goofgaduud, which is located about 35 km north of Baidoa. Three soldiers were killed in the second attack while the number of those injured remains unconfirmed.


Injured soldiers

Some of the soldiers injured in the attacks are believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries, meaning the death-toll could rise. The injured soldiers were rushed to Bay regional hospital for treatment, state officials have confirmed.

No update on their status has been given.


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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.