About 14 Somali government soldiers have been killed and 25 others severely injured on Thursday by a land mine explosion targeting a military vehicle in the town of Luuq.
Report says the roadside bomb explosion targeted a military vehicle of the transitional government troops.
Diyal Abdi Kalil, Somalia’s military officer, said al-Shabab fighters were responsible for the explosion. He vowed to revenge on them for the deadly assault.
Since the outbreak of the Somali Civil War in 1991 there has been no central government control over most of the country’s territory. The internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government controls only a small part of the country. Somalia has been characterized as a failed state and is one of the poorest and most violent states in the world.
Without a central government, Somalia’s inhabitants subsequently reverted to local forms of conflict resolution, either civil, Islamic, or customary law.