Bomb blast hits AU military convoy in Somalia


An AU convoy was targeted in an explosion in southern Somalia on Monday, the latest in a series of attacks by Al-Shabaab in the Horn of Africa nation.

The blast from an IED struck Ugandan soldiers travelling in an armored convoy on the outskirts of the port city of Marka, the provincial capital of Lower Shabelle region.

The troops fired randomly at every direction in response to the attack and there were no reports of casualties as result of the fire towards the nearby civilians.

Confirming the incident, a resident told Radio Shabelle by phone that the IED struck one of the armored vehicles in the convoy that was towed to Marka from the area.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack but such incidents bore the hallmarks of Al-Shabaab bombings in the Long-chaotic country.

The volatile Lower Shabelle is the most militarized region in Somalia where US has a base to launch drone strikes against Al-Shabaab as AU and SNA battling the group on the ground.

On Sunday, ATMIS – AU mission said three soldiers died and 8 others wounded after a helicopter crash in American base in Baleddogle in the same region during a training.