At least 18 killed in Somalia bombings: officials
At least 18 people were killed in Somalia on Saturday in two bomb attacks carried out by suspected Shabab militants in the south of the country and the capital Mogadishu, officials said.
In the first attack, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle laden with explosives into a base on the outskirts of the southern city of Kismayo, where African Union peacekeepers from Kenya as well as Somali government soldiers are stationed.
In a second attack late Saturday, at least four civilians died when a car bomb went off near a police station in Mogadishu, officials said.
“A minibus loaded with explosives was detonated inside the training part of the military camp,” Mohamed Abisalad, a Somali military official in Kismayo, told AFP.
“Fourteen soldiers were confirmed dead and more than 20 wounded,” he added.
Witnesses said the wounded soldiers were admitted to Kismayo’s main hospital. Eyewitness Adan Hussein also said at least 10 soldiers died in the attack.