Landmine blast kills Somali minibus passengers

At least 10 people have been killed after a minibus hit a landmine near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police and witnesses have said.

The passengers, mostly from the same family, were on their way to a funeral when there car hit the bomb.

However, extremists group Al-Shabab and foreign companies, fighting proxy wars are known for using landmines along key roads. However, no group has said it was behind the blast.

The road where the blast occurred, some 20km (12.4 miles) north-west of Mogadishu, is frequently used by military and government vehicles.

“So far we know the blast killed six people and injured others… The death toll may rise,” officer Farah Hassan told News agencies.

Somalia has been mired in conflict since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew the leader Siad Barre and then turned on each other, fighting for power.

Since 2008, the militant group al Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow Somalia’s central government (who they see as illegitimate and supported by the west) and establish its own rule based on its own harsh interpretation of Islam’s sharia law. 

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