MOGADISHU - Somalia’s Shebab insurgents killed three Somali soldiers and wounded at least seven others including civilians in a roadside bomb Thursday in the southern port town of Kismayo, officials and witnesses said. The homemade bomb was reported to have been hidden near a tree close to a military checkpoint. “Three soldiers including a commander were killed, and seven others were wounded in the bomb explosion,” said local government security official Abdulahi Ahmed Suldan.–AFP

Kismayo, wrested from Al-Qaeda affiliate Shebab in 2012 by Kenyan troops - who later joined the 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia (AMISOM) - is now controlled by a local federal government.