MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A massive car bomb blast rocked a military base in the town of Halgan in central Somalia’s Hiran region on Monday, days after similar attacks killed at least 15 people in the nearby towns of Buloburde and Jalalaqsi on Saturday.
The attack left a number of people dead, including the commander of Criminal Investigations Department in Baladweyne town Jamal Ahmed Jama’.
Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab immediately claimed responsibility for the assault, saying that its fighters had also launched mortar attacks on Ethiopian and Somali army bases in the town of Mahas on Sunday night.
The attacks came amid ongoing offensive by Somali security forces and allied clan militias bolstered by US drones in the central regions of Galmudug and Hirshabelle.
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