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THREE SOLIDERS KILLED IN LANDMINE BLAST IN SOMALIA

At least three Somali soldiers were killed Thursday and seven others wounded in a landmine blast in the southern region of Middle Shabelle.

The soldiers from Hirshabelle State, about 30 kilometres north of Mogadishu, were killed after their vehicle ran over a landmine near Balcad town.

Hirshabelle Minister for Information Mahad Hassan told Xinhua by telephone that the exploded landmine destroyed the vehicle.

"I can confirm that three of our soldiers were killed and seven others injured in a remotely-controlled landmine blast near Balcad town in Middle Shabelle region this morning. The incident prompted fighting between Hirshabelle forces and Al-Shabaab militants," Hassan said.

The fighting came hours after Somalia security forces ended a siege on a hotel and restaurant after the bombing incident in the capital, Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the region, saying that it killed four soldiers and wounded seven others.

Source: NAM News Network