Fourteen people died and four others were wounded Wednesday when the minibus they were traveling in ran over a landmine on the outskirts of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, a regional official said.
“We have confirmed that 14 people died and four others were wounded after a minibus traveling along the road between Mogadishu and Balcad ran over a landmine,” said Andikarim Mohamed, a government official from the south-central Hirshabelle region.
The accident took place about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Mogadishu, in what Mohamed called a “horrible and evil act”.
Somali military commander Abshir Mohamed, who works in the area, blamed the incident on the Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab Islamists who carry out regular attacks in the country.
“The terrorists are indiscriminately targeting everybody. They planted the mine that had killed those innocent civilians who we were going about their businesses traveling,” he told state media.
Witness Mohamud Adan told AFP he saw the “dead bodies of ten people” taken from the scene of the explosion.
At least 16 civilians including children were killed on Wednesday after a roadside bomb hit a minibus full of civilians in the outskirt of Bal'ad town in #Somalia's Middle Shabelle region. The minibus was traveling from #Mogadishu to Jowhar. The road is known for IED attacks. pic.twitter.com/oB7etSVLyW
— KEYDMEDIA (ENG) (@Keydmedia) April 14, 2021