At least 6 Somali army soldiers were killed, eight others wounded in a bomb explosion that was targeting the convoy of Lower Shabelle region’s governor and military officials on Sunday, an official said.

According to a report by Anadolu Agency, the attack took place in Tehsile, which is located about 59 kilometers southwest of the country’s capital Mogadishu.

It was a landmine explosion followed by a gun battle between the soldiers and armed militants belonging to al-Shabaab militant group, Bille Adan, a local police officer said.

Adan said that Govenor Abdukadir Mohamed Nuur Sidi survived the attack, while heavily wounded soldiers were transported to the capital for treatment.

Local media reported that foreign military officials were also part of the convoy.

Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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