Bomb explosion kills two police officers in Somalia

People escape from the direction of a huge fire-ball after an accidental explosion at a petrol storage facility within the former United States residential housing in capital Mogadishu September 3, 2013. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY)

At least two police officers were killed and two others injured in a bomb explosion at a checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday.

Local government spokesman Abdifitah Omar Halane said the incident was caused by an explosive device planted near the checkpoint manned by traffic police officers.

“We think the blast was a landmine which terrorists planted near the checkpoint mid last night,” Halane told journalists, adding that an investigation is underway.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Al-Shabaab militants have been known to carry out attacks on government and civilian targets in the country.

Troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia are conducting security operations in Benadir region, where Mogadishu is located, ahead of presidential election slated for November 30.


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