Four footballers were killed after an explosion, believed to have been caused by a bomb, which ravaged their bus in Somalia on Friday.
NDTV reports that ten players from Somalia’s Jubaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry club were on their way to a game at the stadium in the southern city of Kismayo when the explosion occurred.
“The players were on a bus when the explosion occurred, presumably inside the vehicle. Investigations are ongoing, but we suspect that the device was planted in the bus, ”said police officer Mohamed Sadiq.
Sadiq added that four football players were killed and five others injured.
“I saw the burning bus and three corpses of players – it was horrible because football players are not politicians,” eyewitness Said Adan said.
Meanwhile, there has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb explosion in Kismayo, the capital of the southern state of Jubaland, which borders Kenya.
Jubaland was the first state to start voting this week in long-delayed national elections in Somalia that the al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group Al-Shabaab threatened to interrupt.
The extremist group has been fighting to topple the federal government since 2007 and frequently attacks government, security and civilian targets.