An explosion suspected to be from a planted bomb has killed four Somalia footballers.
Naija News understands that the incident happened on Friday (today) when the local footballers were travelling for a match at the Kismayo city stadium in the Southern part of the country.
It was gathered that the explosion ripped through the bus conveying the Ten players from the Jubaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry club and four among the player died instantly leaving five severely injured. “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,” said police officer Mohamed Sadiq who confirmed the incident to newsmen.
There was no record of the 10th player. “The blast was huge and it caused a devastating fire which burned down the bus, people rushed to remove the dead bodies and wounded players,” said an eyewitness identified as Ibrahim Ahmed.
Another eyewitness, Adan said: “I saw the burning bus and three dead bodies of the players — this was horrible because football players are not politicians,”
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in Kismayo, capital of the southern state of Jubaland which borders Kenya.
In other news, Blessing Okagbare and Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha are both making Nigerians proud in the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Naija News understands that the two athletes made it to the semifinals of the women 100m race. This development makes it the first time since 2012, Nigeria will be having two of its athletes contesting in the semifinals of the 100m women race.