Somalia: One dead, 9 wounded in vehicle bomb blast in Mogadishu

Suicide bomber kills six people in central Somalia

Suicide bomber kills six people in central Somalia

He is facing a minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al-Shabaab's military operation spokesman, said the attack, which took place outside the office of the governor of the Hiraan region where he was holding a meeting, targeted workers of the regional administration.

"The militants attacked our base near Beled Hawo town".

Hassan said he saw 13 bodies collected from the military base.

Somalia has been at war since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other.

Formed in 2006, Al Shabaab wants to topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of religion.

The Takfiri militant group was forced out of the capital by the African Union troops in 2011, but still controls parts of the countryside and carries out attacks against government, military and civilian targets.

Locals in Mandera said they could hear explosions and gunshots from the Somalia side with many troops being put on standby to act.

The insurgents attacked the base at Balad Hawo early in the morning with a vehicle suicide bombing before entering the compound, both sides said.

Col. Sabrie Ahmed said the bomber apparently meant to enter the regional administration's headquarters in Beledweyne, the provincial capital of Hiran province, but instead detonated an explosive belt strapped around his waist in a teashop outside the offices.

Monday morning's attack followed another attack the previous day in Somalia - which the militants also claimed responsibility for. However, Somalia's extremist insurgents, al-Shabaab, often carry out such attacks.

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