MOGADISHU, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people including two soldiers on a minibus were killed while six others were injured after Al-Shabaab militants opened fire at a vehicle at Daynunay location, about some 30 kilometers south of Baidoa town in southern Somalia, officials said on Friday.
Information Minister for Southwest State, Ugaas Hassan told Xinhua by phone that the militants ambushed a civilian bus and opened fire on the passengers indiscriminately.
"Al-Shabaab terrorist militants opened fire on a civilian mini-bus which had left Baidoa town and was heading to Burhakaba town in the region," Hassan said.
He added that the injured people were taken to the hospitals in Baidoa town, the administrative capital of Southwest State Administration.
According to the minister, by the time the Somali National Army reached the crime scene, the militants had already fled from the area.
This is the second deadly incident on a civilian bus in southern Somalia in the past seven days.
At least six people on minibus were killed early on Saturday morning last week near Qoryoley town in lower Shabelle region in Southern Somalia.