An explosive planted on a bus carrying soccer players in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo killed at least five players, a police officer said on Friday.
Captain Ahmed Farah Told Reuters by telephone from Kismayo saying, “We have confirmed five deaths and more than 12 injuries and we still have some players missing.”
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack on Friday evening.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s office on the president’s Twitter account sent condolences and put the blame on Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab insurgents for the explosion.
Al Shabaab, which wants to unseat the central government and impose its harsh interpretation of Islamic sharia law, frequently carries out gun and bomb attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.