UPDATE: Landmine explosion kills six in Galkayo

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At least four security personnel from Puntland administration and two civilians have reportedly been killed while three others sustained injuries in a landmine explosion in Garsor neighborhood, Galkayo.

The explosion occurred earlier hours of Wednesday after security forces attempted to diffuse an abandoned landmine in Garsor neighborhood.

A man suspected of intending to detonate the bomb was shot dead by the Puntland police forces before the explosion occurred.

Reports indicate that among the injured was Puntland’s police commissioner for Mudug region, Jama Mohamed Ahmed.

The injured have been rushed to the main hospital to receive medical attention.

Meanwhile, Puntland officials in Galkayo claimed that the identity of the man security personnel shot dead earlier on Wednesday has been established.

Farhan Ali Had, Puntland’s deputy commissioner for Mudug region, told the media that the man has been identified as one of the city’s hairdressers.

He added that after establishing the identity of the dead body, Puntland police launched security operations at hairdressers’ shops detaining several suspects in connection with the Wednesday blast.

More details have not been released to the media so far.

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