Four Footballers Killed In Somalia Blast

Four footballers killed in Somalia blast

Mogadishu, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Jul, 2021 ) :Four local footballers in Somalia were killed when a powerful explosion ripped through their bus on Friday in what the country's president branded a "barbaric terror attack".

Ten players from the Jubaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry club were heading off for a game at the Kismayo city stadium in southern Somalia when the blast hit.

"The players were riding in a bus when the explosion went off, presumably inside the vehicle. There are investigations going on but we presume the device was planted onto the bus," said police officer Mohamed Sadiq.

He said four football players were killed and five others wounded in the explosion, believed to have been caused by a bomb.

In a statement on Twitter, Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed condemned the "barbaric terror attack that claimed the lives of innocent Somali sports people".

Witness Ibrahim Ahmed said the blast was "huge" and set off a fire which gutted the bus.

"People rushed to remove the dead bodies and wounded players," he said.