10 killed by landmine in Somalia

Landmines and debris from historic fighting are seen during the bomb disposal in Jebel Lemuni, 15km south of Juba, South Sudan, on January 30, 2019. - A discovered unexploded bomb weighing approximately 80-90 kilogrammes was demolished under the control of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) as the organisations set to destroy its one millionth explosive device in South Sudan. (Photo by Alex McBride / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEX MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images)
Landmines and debris. (Photo via Getty Images)

A minivan was hit by a landmine on Friday in southern Somalia, killing 10 passengers, including five women and four children.

Deqow Abdinur Aden, an army commander in Jubaland State in southern Somalia, said the passenger bus was heading to the southern port city of Kismayo when it was hit by the landmine.

“Three others were injured in the landmine blast carried out by militants. The injured ones are being treated at the hospital in Kismayo,” Aden told local media.

Aden said that Jubaland State forces were fighting al-Shabab militants at the time of the landmine blast, adding that several militants died while two soldiers sustained injuries during the operation in the north of Kismayo.