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Al-Shabaab oo sheegtay in ay 87 askar iyo saraakiil ah ku dishay qaraxyadii Maxaas [Bayaan]. Somalia’s govt imposes curfew in Mogadishu, cancels flights ahead of Djibouti president’s visit

A suicide car bomb targeted a military base in the Kalabayr area in central Somalia’s Hiran region on Friday, days after authorities in the region announced that they would launch an offensive against Islamist insurgents.

Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab immediately claimed responsibility.

The base is home to members of Turkish-trained Gorgor Somali special forces. A number of soldiers were killed with many more wounded, reports say.

Among the dead is the commander of the camp Abdiqani Subagle, who has recently returned from advanced military leadership training in Turkey.

Hirshabelle authorities and Somalia’s army have not yet commented on the casualties inflicted by the bombing.

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