Five Somali soldiers killed in blast, one injured

Somali soldiers stand at the scene of an explosion in the capital Mogadishu May 3, 2014. At least three people were killed and several wounded in Mogadishu on Saturday when a bomb exploded on a busy street in the Somali capital, a police official and witnesses said. REUTERS/Omar Faruk (SOMALIA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

Mogadishu: Minimum of five Somali soldiers lost their lives while one got injured in a roadside bomb attack that took place near the administrative capital of Southwest state in Somalia.

Information Minister for Southwest State Ugaas Hassan today told media that a heavy fighting between their forces and Al-Shabaab militants broke out after the deadly ambush attack and caused casualties on the militants.

“I can confirm that the five of the Southwest State Forces were killed in a remote control roadside bomb attack that also injured another soldier between Berdaale and Awdinle locations (about 40 km west of Baidoa town) on Monday,” Hassan said.

Al-Shabaab militants claimed the responsibility for the latest attack, saying its fighters killed seven soldiers in the roadside attack.

At least six government soldiers killed and several others injured in a landmine blast in the same region on May 9.