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One killed, 14 injured in Galkayo roadside blast

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At least one person was killed and 14 others, including seven Kenyan teachers, were injured on Friday in a roadside blast in Galkcayo, a city in central Somalia, local authorities told Xinhua.

“The bus was heading to the market when suddenly we heard a huge explosion, which injured the teachers and killed the security guard. The bus was also extensively damaged,” Mohamed Abdulqadir Ali, Principal of Yamays Secondary School told Xinhua by telephone.

The seven teachers have been teaching in Yamays Secondary school located in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

Mohamed Hussein Aden, a local hospital director, told Xinhua that all the 14 injured people had admitted in the hospital, with two of them being seriously injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident. Al-Shabaab has, however, been suspected to be responsible for the attacks of foreigners in Somalia, including teachers.

There were no students in the bus since Friday is a day-off in Somalia. It is not clear if the Kenyan teachers were being targeted in the attack.

Two journalists were injured two days ago in the same region in a grenade attack in a local radio station.

The Friday afternoon explosion comes a few hours after a car bomb killed one person and injured two others in Mogadishu.

Source: Xinhua