At least 35 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a triple suicide bomb attack claimed by Al-Shabaab in the Hiiraan region of central Somalia.
The attacks took place in Buluburte and Jalalaqsi districts on Saturday. Both towns were previously targeted by Al-Shabaab bombers.
A suicide bomber driving an SUV vehicle laden with explosives came under fire from security forces before reaching his goal, but detonated explosives near a police station and the base of the African Union peacekeepers from Djibouti.
At least 18 people were killed in Bulobarde town when a suicide bomber driving a vehicle laden with explosives detonated explosives near a police station and the base of the African Union peacekeepers from Djibouti.
Among were victims killed in the attack include 14 civilians. Bulobarde town lies some 220 kilometres north of Mogadishu.
Another suicide car bomb blast occurred in the town of Buloburde targeting the city’s district headquarters. The attack left more than 11 people dead and 52 wounded, a local health official told media.
Images circulated online showed devastation caused by the explosions in the two towns, where the government had mobilized clan militias fighting Al-Shabaab in the central region of Hiran.
Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for both attacks.