News sources confirm that the explosion occurred while the Kenya peace keepers were patrolling at a busy market inside the town knows as faanoole.
After the explosion, the Kenyans troops started firing indiscriminately all over the surrounding area. The mortality is unknown but 15 civilians are reported injured.
A civilian who contacted MRG Abdi Mowlid condemned the attacks which resulted in the civilian casualties. He added that while he is against any kind of violence “those Kenyan troops are not seen here in city as neutral to the conflict and not here to be honest peace broker and are short sighted.
They have sided openly with Raskamboni Militia and in long run their agenda will not be successful one.
He further stress that leader of Raskamboni Militia does not care much much about the population of the city as none of his militia hailed from kismanyo”.
This is the second explosion that the Kenya troops suffer so far. The southern port city of Kismayo has been intense since local assembly named former Islamist warlord Ahmed Madobe president of Jubaland, much to the annoyance of Somali government who want to have a say on the outcome.
Two months ago Somali federal government dispatched a fact finding mission to the city by, which has suffered from clan violence since the start of Somalia’s civil over two decades ago.
But the mission accused Kenyan forces (KDF) that are supposedly part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) of acting biasedly after they withdrew security support. One of the MPs, Abdirahman Hoosh Jibril, complains that. “Removing security support will put the lives of MPs at risk and that is very worrying in this part of the country where there is still a threat from al-Shabab and some other elements.”
Members of the mission have also accused the Kenyan forces of siding with the self-declared administration led by Madobe.
Kismayo was liberated by Kenyan and Somali army last year. Fighters with the radical Islamist group, al-Shebab had controlled the city for several years using the port to import weapons.
The worry is that unless the current political instability is resolved, Kenya effort will be a fruitless one and Somalia’s second largest city could return to the violence of the recent past.