Mogadishu roadside bomb blast kills four, injures seven

09:13, June 22, 2011      

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At least four people were killed and seven others were wounded after a roadside bomb aimed at African Union (AU) peacekeepers'vehicle hit a passenger minibus in a street in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, witnesses and medical source said.

The armored vehicle of the AU peacekeeping troops was moving along a main street in the Somali government-controlled part of Mogadishu when the bomb thought to be remotely controlled went off and hit a nearby minibus carrying civilians.

"Four people including two women were instantly killed by the bomb. Seven more were injured and taken to a hospital near the area," Saed Omar, an eyewitness told Xinhua.

Somali government police cordoned off the scene of the huge blast that was heard in many parts of Mogadishu. Police officers began searches for the culprits and said the perpetrators will be apprehended and brought before a court of law.

Medics at the main Medina Hospital and local media reports confirmed the casualty figures from the roadside bomb. Attacks of this sort have lately decreased in Mogadishu which used to see weekly incidence of roadside bomb attack.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the latest assault but Islamist radicals opposed to the Somali government and the presence of the peacekeepers from the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia known as AMISOM usually carry out similar attacks on targets of the government and AU peacekeeping forces.

Civilian bear the brunt of attacks by Islamist rebels against government forces and AU peacekeeping troops backing them as well as from the heavy retaliatory fire launched in response to the rebel attacks.

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