MOGADISHU, Somalia – A powerful landmine explosion in the southern province of Lower Shabelle in Somalia killed at least 4 civilians on Thursday, an official confirmed.
The provincial administration said the tragic incident occurred in the vicinity of the town of Awdheegle, a former bastion of Al-Shabaab now under the control of the Somali government.
Ahmed Jama, a regional police official, said AxadleTM three women, including a mother and daughter, are among the victims. Two other civilians were injured in the IED explosion.
Jama described the attack as an “inhuman act of terrorism”.
“The four were killed when a mine exploded while walking along a semi-forest road near the K-60 zone in the Lower Shabelle area,” said a resident, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons.
There have been no immediate claims of responsibility, but officials normally accuse Al-Shabaab insurgents linked to Al Qaeda from planting IEDs on highways.
The explosions occur in the midst of ongoing joint military operations by Somali and AU troops who have seen the release of strategic areas, including Janaale, Awdheegle and Al-Shabaab Bariire.
Insurgents often use bombs and landmines to target the Somali security forces – but deadly weapons also claim lives among civilians.