At least eight people were killed and six others wounded on Sunday when a bus they were travelling in struck a land mine on a road in southern Somalia.
The incident occurred about 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu.
“A civilian minibus ran over a land mine between Lower and Middle Shabelle regions. Eight civilians were killed in the blast and six others wounded,” said Ibrahim Abdulle, a district security official.
Local residents said the road, which passes through territory controlled by Somalia’s al Qaeda aligned Shabaab group, was rarely used because of security fears.
“There was a significant risk associated with the use of that road, but the driver insisted to use it,” said Moalim Mohamed Ise.
Earlier this month a huge truck bomb killed at least 358 people in Mogadishu in the country’s deadliest ever terrorist attack.