Lafole town is locate about 20 kilometers west of Somali’s capital Mogadishu
According to police source, the roadside bomb went off blowing a mini-bus that was passing by.
“All the 18 people on board the mini-bus are dead and burnt. A remotely controlled bomb along the road exploded,” said Abidkadir Mohamed, a police officer at the scene.
Three of seven critically wounded in the blast have died while on their way to hospitals in Mogadishu.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Al-Shabaab, the official Al Qaeda branch in Somalia has frequently waged attacks against security forces and civilians across the country.
Other media reports from Somalia indicate that the blown mini-bus was being escorted by vehicle with security forces.
The government car with security forces which was probably the target escaped undamaged.