At least 13 Somali troops were killed in a roadside bombing when their vehicle hit an IED. They were part of a military intelligence unit’s convoy.

The convoy had been traveling near the town of Dhusamareeb in Galmudug State. Among the killed troops was Abdirashid Abdinur, the commander of the National Security Agency (NISA) in Dhusamareb district, located about 250 miles north of the capital of Mogadishu. 

“We are getting terrible reports that 13 security men are all killed in the blast which destroyed their vehicle in the Galmudug province,” said General Masud Mohamud.

The Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on its Andalus radio station.

In a report from The Defence Post, Abdiweli Adan, a Somali security officer, said the soldiers were conducting security operations in the area when their vehicle was destroyed by the IED. “The blast ripped through the vehicle and killed most of those onboard. One or two soldiers survived with serious injuries,” he added.

Emergency talks over Somalia’s delayed election are being held in Galmudug State with Somalia’s President Mohamed and regional leaders in attendance. Politicians haven’t been able to come to a decision in choosing a new president.

With many of the country’s leading politicians meeting in Dhusamareeb, the area has come under increased attacks from the terrorist group. Two days prior to this attack, al-Shabaab forces had fired mortars at the town.

The political impasse has put the country in the midst of an impending constitutional crisis. Information Minister Osman Dube said that the politicians weren’t able to come to an agreement on how to proceed.