4 soldiers killed in roadside bomb in Somalia

Four Somali soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb and two others were injured yesterday, according to reports in Al Jazeera.

The improvised explosive device exploded in the town of Baidoa, south west of the Somalia capital Mogadishu. A unit of soldiers were travelling through Baidoa form the village of Daynunay. The injured soldiers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, a police officer told the Turkish Anadolu Agency.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group carries out frequent attacks in Somalia, in an attempt to topple the Somalia government, push back African Union peacekeeping troops and implement a strict version of Islamic law across the country.

A joint raid by the United States and Somalia on July 13 killed scores of people in southern Somalia yesterday, the Washington Post reported.

Two US apache helicopters raided an Al-Shabaab detention facility alongside the Somali National Army in Kunya Barrow village in Lower Shabelle region. There are no reports on civilian casualties, and the number of prisoners freed is unknown.

Al-Shabaab’s radio Andalus then reported that the group thwarted a raid by US and African forces.

This raid followed a US drone strike that targeted Al-Shabaab on July 2. The drone strike targeted vehicles in the same village.