Hirshabelle Minister for Information Mahad Hassan told Xinhua by phone that landmine destroyed the vehicle.
Thursday June 15, 2017
MOGADISHU, June 15 (Xinhua) -- At least three Somalia soldiers were on Thursday killed and seven others wounded in a landmine blast in the southern region of Middle Shabelle.
The soldiers from Hirshabelle State, about 30 km north of Mogadishu, were killed after their vehicle ran over a landmine near Balcad town.
"I can confirm that three of our soldiers were killed and seven others injured in a remote control landmine blast near Balcad town in Middle Shabelle region this morning. The incident prompted fighting between Hirshabelle forces and Al-Shabaab militants," Hassan said.
The fighting came hours after Somalia security forces ended a siege on hotel and restaurant after the bombing incident in Mogadishu.
Al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the region, saying that it killed four soldiers and wounded seven others.