Somali Islamists kill at least 3 soldiers in roadside blast
Somali policemen check secondary school students arriving to sit for their national examinations in the capital Mogadishu June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

MOGADISHU: Somali Islamist militants detonated a roadside bomb on Tuesday southwest of the capital Mogadishu when a military vehicle was passing and killed at least three soldiers, a military officer and the rebel group said.

“A roadside bomb hit one of our military pick-ups. So far we know three soldiers died,” CaptainFarah Nur told Reuters, adding the death toll could rise. He said the blast took place near a village about 17 km (10 miles) from Mogadishu.

A spokesman for the Islamist al Shabaab group claimed responsibility. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar in Mogadishu;

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