Garowe Online (Garowe)

9 April 2008

Somalia: 5 Ethiopian Soldiers Killed in Mogadishu Roadside Bomb

Mogadishu — An Ethiopian army truck driving through the Somali capital on Wednesday hit a landmine, killing at least five soldiers on board and wounding others, witnesses said.

The remotely-detonated explosion completely destroyed the army truck and sent plumes of smoke into the air.

Ethiopian army reinforcements rushed to the area and pulled the wrecked truck from the scene of the explosion.

No suspects were arrested for the roadside bombing, but security sources believe it is the work of insurgents aiming to topple the country's Ethiopian-backed interim government.

In a separate attack, African Union peacekeepers from Burundi were the target of a roadside explosion that hit their vehicle, wounding an unconfirmed number of soldiers on board.

At least two Somali civilians were wounded by the blast, our correspondent reported.

A day earlier, AU peacekeepers from Burundi were the target of a suicide car bombing that killed one peacekeeper and wounded six civilians.

Somalia's capital has known little but near-daily shootouts, roadside bombings and assassinations since Ethiopian troops helped oust Islamist rulers from Mogadishu in early 2007.

The Islamists have regrouped since and are believed responsible for a relentless wave of guerrilla attacks that has virtually crippled the weak interim government and its foreign military backers.

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