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Somalia: Roadside bomb kills 8 in Puntland


A roadside bomb blast in Somalia on Sunday struck an army convoy carrying Puntland troops positioned in Galgala Mountains killing 8 soldiers and injuring three others, police official Ahmed Mohamed said.

Mohamed told the Associated Press that Sunday’s blast targeted a military convoy located south of the commercial city of Bossaso in Bari region of the country.

The military convoy belonging to Puntland state forces was targeted in the blast planted by the roadside as the convoy was moving from Galgala towards Bosaso city.

According to a source, the blast was reported to cause causalities but the numbers are not confirmed yet.
Though no militant group has claimed responsibility, but they previously planted roadside bombs targeting security officers.

Galgala mountains near Bosaso, was a stronghold area for the militant group al-Shabaab in the past, and have been the scene of landmine attacks over the past few years.

Puntland forces have bases near Galgala and have been fighting al-Shabaab group in the areas, however, Puntland government officials haven’t released any statement in regard to the attack against security forces or the causalities behind the blast.

Puntland, located northeastern of Somalia, has been relatively stable compared to the rest of the country but attacks by the terrorist groups are posing serious risks to the stability of the region.

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