Four soldiers killed in Somalia

Mogadishu, Sep 17 (IANS) At least four Somali soldiers were killed and 10 others were injured in an explosion inside a military base in Kismayo town, southern Somalia, military officials said on Thursday.

Senior Military officer Abukar Yacqub told Xinhua that at least four soldiers died and 10 others were wounded while they were standing in a queue to collect their salaries.

“We were busy paying soldiers when we heard a powerful explosion inside the camp. Four soldiers were killed while 10 others were wounded,” he said.

The officer said the situation was now under control and the injured soldiers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Al Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda linked group battling to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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