|New Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud|
Two remote-controlled land-mine blasts hit on Thursday a convoy carrying Somali government troops in Afgoye town, 30 north-west Mogadishu, witnesses and security officials said.Witnesses said the blasts took place at Afgoye bridge around 3:00 p.m. local time on Thursday afternoon, targeting security forces as they were patrolling streets in the town, a former al Shabaab main stronghold district located outside Mogadishu.
The victims, suffering from serious blast wounds have been rushed to the hospitals in Mogadishu for treatment In the aftermath of the explosions, Somali forces reached the scene and began searches over the attacks, arresting at least 17 passer-bys in suspicion of the blasts.The former incumbent president welcomes Somalia’s new president to state house
Meanwhile South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday reaffirmed his country's desire to enhance its relation with Somalia under the leadership of newly-elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud.
"The Government of the Republic of South Africa wishes to reaffirm its desire to further enhance our relations with the Government of the Republic of Somalia," Zuma said, "We look forward to continuing a fruitful collaboration and interaction between our two countries at various levels."
He said South Africa stands with the people of Somalia and is ready to work and share experiences with Somalia as they proceed with their project of nation-building, reconciliation, reconstruction and economic development.
Congratulating Somalia for its "successful and peaceful presidential elections," Zuma said: "This is new dawn for Somalia as it ushers in a new age of governance which must lead to stability and development for the benefit of the people of Somalia. "