The Commissioner of Gedo region for the Somali transitional federal government, Mohamed Abdi Kalil who spoke to Bar-kulan said that most of the victims were women and children from Bakol region heading to the refugee camps in Kenya.
The injured are being treated in a hospital in Luq where government forces have recently taken control of.
This is the second landmine explosion in a series of landmine blasts in the last 48 hours in the outskirts of Luq. The first blast went off on a lorry carrying goods. The blast culminated in the death of two people
Government officials in the area accuse Al Shabab of being behind the explosions in the region. Al Shabab plants mines and explosives to prevent advancing government forces.