1 Killed As Blast Hits AU Convoy Outside Somali Capital

At least one civilian was killed and several others injured when an explosive-laden minivan blew up hitting a convoy of African Union troops.

A police officer at the scene, who asked not to be named, said the minivan had been parked on the side of the road in Gerisbaley area before it detonated.

Gerasbaley is located some 15 km south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital.

“The vehicle… blew up shortly as a convoy of AMISOM passed by,” the officer said, referring to the African Union Mission in Somalia, a peacekeeping mission operated by the AU with the approval of the United Nations Security Council.

AMISOM has not yet commented on the blast.

The officer said several other passers-by were injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack which came amid increased military operations against militants across the Horn of Africa nation by AMISOM and Somali forces.

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