3 killed in roadside blast in Somali capital

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Two Somali government officials and their driver were killed in a roadside blast on the outskirts of Somali capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday.

“Three were killed in a landmine explosion in Garasbaley outside Mogadishu this morning after their car was targeted by the militants,” said the police officer who declined to be named.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack in Mogadishu which comes amid intensified security operations across the Horn of Africa nation.

On Sunday, at least four soldiers were killed in a landmine blast along Afgoye-Wanlaweyn road on the outskirts of Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the Sunday blast, saying it killed 17 Somali soldiers.

Tuesday’s attack comes hours after the Somali and U.S. forces destroyed the al-Shabab radio station in an airstrike that was carried out in southern Somalia on Monday evening.

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said no civilians were injured or killed as a result of the strike in the vicinity of Tiyeglow.

Africom said initial assessments indicated the strike destroyed one al-Shabab compound but pro-al-Shabab media later confirmed that the airstrike destroyed its radio station in Tiyeglow, Bakool region.

“We will continue to support our partners and disrupt al-Shabab’s efforts. Our strike today combined with our partners’ efforts helps keep these violent extremists at bay,” Dagvin Anderson, U.S. Joint Task Force — Quartz commander said in a statement issued on Monday evening.

The latest airstrike was the fourth this year conducted by both the Somali and U.S. forces that have intensified their onslaught on the terror group which is fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government. Enditem

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