BARDERA, Somalia, June 27 (UPI) -- An explosion from a roadside bomb Wednesday outside Bardera in Somalia injured the nation's former defense minister, Col. Barre Aden Hirale.
The Shabelle Media Network reported that Hirale was injured from the remotely detonated bomb's blast as he was traveling with a convoy through the country's Gedo province.
Hirale's driver was killed in the blast.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The blast came a day after the former defense minister said he would remain neutral in the clan-based violence in Kismayo. Fighting between two major Kismayo clans left more than 20 people dead last Friday as residents fought for control of the city.
Hirale lost his ministry position nearly three months ago amid allegations that he helped instigate the Kismayo crisis.
Shabelle said that Hirale has connections to the Merahan sub-clan that has been in conflict with Somalia President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed's Majecteen sub-clan.