11 Die in Mogadishu When Car Strikes Landmine (SOMALIA)
Garowe, Feb 04, 2008 (Garowe Online/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- At least eleven people, including five women, died and 10 others were seriously injured when a landmine destroyed a mini-bus they were traveling in on Sunday in the violence-wracked Somali capital, witnesses and the driver of the van said.
AFRIQUE DU SUD, 4 February 2008 (All Africa)--
The bus was ferrying traders of the narcotic plant, known as 'khat,' when it hit the landmine in the southern part of the capital. The traders were heading for Lower Shabellle region in the south of the country and residents said there was no military presence around the road when the explosion occurred.
Khat is consumed widely across the Horn of Africa region to pass time.
The driver of the mini-bus, who survived the early Sunday blast, told Garowe Online, that he heard a deafening sound of explosion as dust and smoke engulfed the area. Five passengers died instantly.
"I don't know who is behind this attack. I only heard an explosion and all of a sudden the bus was ripped into two [pieces]," the driver said, adding that some of the wounded people sustained serious injuries.
Doctors said the condition of some is critical. The injured were admitted to the Keysaney Hospital, where they are being treated.
Sunday's blast is not the first time civilian cars have been targeted in the Somali capital. A few days ago, two people were killed in a similar incident in the capital's downtown.
No group has claimed responsibility for today's deadly blast, but Mogadishu has been ripped by insurgent violence since January 2007 when Ethiopian troops arrived in the capital to protect the Somali government.
Von: AllAfrica, 04.02.2008