No fewer than four players of Somalia’s topflight team JCCI FC, has died following a powerful explosion that ripped through the team bus on Friday.
It was gathered that incident occurred as the squad made their way for pre-season camp activities in Jubaland.
According to AFP, ten players from the club were heading off for a game at the Kismayo city stadium in southern Somalia when the blast hit.
The bus was bombed at the southern city of Kismayo, as police suggested that explosives was planted in the bus.
“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,” Mohamed Sadiq, a police officer was quoted as saying.
He said four football players were killed and five others wounded in the explosion.
Meanwhile Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed, has sent his condolences to the families of the victims via a statement in Twitter.
He condemned the “barbaric terrorist attack that claimed the lives of innocent Somali sportspeople”, blaming the unfortunate event on Al-Shabaab terrorists.
The group, however, has not yet publicly claimed responsibility for the explosion.