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Mine blast kills two in Somali capital

Saturday, January 4, 2014 

A huge explosion that rocked parts of the Yaqshid District, north of the capital Mogadishu has engulfed the lives of at least two people, one of the a civilian, residents eye witnesses told HOL on Saturday.

Residents said that the mine blast targeting a Somali military vehicle killed one soldier and a woman passing near when the explosion took place. Somali government hasn't yet given details about the explosion.

“The explosion seemed to be a land mine targeting a military vehicle in the Arafat neighbourhood in the Yaqshid district” the eye witness told HOL on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

“I saw two other soldiers fell on the ground; they were bleeding and were rushed to the hospital” the eye witness added during a telephone conversation with HOL on Saturday morning.

Somali government forces cordoned off the whole area as soon as the blast occurred and they conducted house-to-house search in the aftermath of the mine explosion, according to residents who were reached for comment by HOL.

No one has yet claimed for the responsibility of Saturday’s mine blast that killed at least two people. The attack comes in less than a week after coordinated attacks on the Jazeera hotel south of the capital killed at least 11 and wounded scores of others.  

The Islamist group Al shabab claimed for the responsibility of those attacks which came days after the group threatened they will carry out successive attacks across the capital Mogadishu.

Hiiraan Online English News Desk


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