NINE Somali army recruits were killed and six injured when a car bomb exploded at a training camp in the southern port city of Kismayo, the African Union Mission in Somalia said.
The blast targeted the Somali base at the city’s old airport, the mission, known as Amisom, said Saturday on its Twitter account. Three of the mission’s trainers were also wounded, it said.
Islamist militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in comments broadcast on Radio Andalus, which backs the insurgents. Two of the assailants died, while two suspects were arrested and are being interrogated by Somalia security officials, Amisom said.
African Union troops are cooperating with Somali forces in trying to eradicate al-Shabaab, which has been waging an insurgency in Somalia to impose Shariah, or Islamic law. African forces recaptured Kismayo from the al-Qaeda-linked militants in 2012.