At least one person killed in roadside blast in Somalia

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 28: Damaged vehicle, used in the attack is seen at site after a bomb attack carried out to a checkpoint in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on December 28, 2019. Over 30 people including civilians and government soldiers were killed and many more wounded when a suicide truck bomb targeted a security checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. (Photo by Sadak Mohamed/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

At least one person was killed and three others injured in a roadside blast in the restive city of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on Thursday, a police officer confirmed.

FILE PHOTO: A damaged vehicle, used in an attack is seen at site after a bomb attack carried out to a checkpoint in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. (Photo by Sadak Mohamed/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The police officer said the explosion targeted a convoy of vehicles that were escorting prison commander Mahad Abidrahman Adan along the KM4 area in Mogadishu.

“One of the vehicles in the convoy hit an improvised explosive device, killing one person while three others were injured,” said the officer who declined to be identified.

Al-Shabab which is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed Somali government claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

The terror group was driven out of the capital Mogadishu in August 2011, but they are still in control of strongholds in the rural areas of southern and central regions, conducting ambushes and planting landmines.