| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Blast hits bus carrying soccer team in Somalia’s Kismayo, 5 dead -police

A police officer in Somalia said on Friday at least five players were killed and 12 injured due to an explosive planted on a bus carrying soccer players in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo.

“We still have some players missing,” Captain Ahmed Farah told Reuters by telephone from Kismayo.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack on Friday evening.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s office on its twitter account the president had sent condolences and put the blame on al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents for the explosion.

Al Shabaab, which wants to unseat the central government and impose its harsh interpretation of Islamic sharia law, frequently carries out gun and bomb attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.

  • Reuters