A military vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing at least six soldiers and injuring eight others, a military official said.
The al Qaeda linked Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on the outskirts of the region’s port city Bosasso.
Al Shabaab is fighting to topple the Horn of Africa country’s western backed government and wants to rule the country according to its strict version of Islamic sharia law.
It also wants to drive out of Somalia the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM that helps defend the country’s central government.
Mohamed Ibrahim, a major in Puntland’s military, told Reuters the vehicle, a pickup truck, was from Galgala hills south-west of Bosasso.
“Our military pickup hit a roadside bomb today, six soldiers died, eight others were injured,” Ibrahim said, adding two were in a serious condition.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters the group carried out the attack and some troops died while others were injured.
“We are behind the attack,” he said.