Roadside Bomb In Somalia Kills 8 Soldiers

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Mogadishu: A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others.

Ahmed Mohamed tells The Associated Press that today’s blast targeted a military convoy in Galgala. Security forces have been battling with Islamic State-linked fighters in the region.

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There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but the IS-linked extremists have carried out such attacks in the past. Fighters affiliated with the Islamic State are a relatively new and growing threat in Somalia, where the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group has been entrenched for years.

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