Breaking News: Deputy Governor of Middle Shabelle killed in blast near Bal’ad

Deputy Governor of Middle Shabelle region, Abdullahi Shitaawe and former trade minister of Hirshabelle, Sabriye Osman have been killed while several other officials sustained after landmine hit a convoy near Bal’ad town just 30 km north of Somali capital, Mogadishu.

According to initial reports, a landmine suspected to have been planted on the roadside had destroyed one of the convoy vehicles travelling along Bal’ad-Jowhar road.

Shitawe and former trade Hirshabelle trade minister, Sabriye have died on the spot.

No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack.

The tragic comes barely a day after Hirshabelle state declared operation to reopen the state’s main supply routes.