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Hand grenade attack on Somali troops kill two

Storyline:National News, Security

A grenade hurled at Somali troops in Afgoye has killed two soldiers and injured another on Sunday night, according to officials.
The bomb hit at a place that armed government soldiers were carrying out security operation.
Afgoye deputy district commissioner for security affairs, Yussuf Mohamed Mordow has confirmed the incident saying that the blast caused casualties on the soldiers.
“We heard explosion followed by gunfire, we rushed to areas and we found two dead soldiers and another one who injured. The victims were ferried from the place,” he said.
After the blast the forces opened fire though no reports yet confirming the casualties caused by bullets opened by soldiers released, according to residents.
“We’ve heard a bang of explosion followed by additional gunfire, when we came out, we saw two dead soldiers lying on the ground,” said resident in that area.
The assailants escaped the scene after the blast.
“The explosion was very heavy and we suspect it was carried out by the Islamists,” said another government official.
Over the past year, anti government fighters have attacked government targets after being ousted from southern and central regions by AMISOM-backed Somali troops.
The guerrilla fighting has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee mainly from areas near SNA military camps.
Somalia has lacked an effective government since the 1991 ousting of Dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Ensuing factional clashes have defied numerous bids to restore stability.