Al Shabaab storms Somali-Kenyan border town

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On Sunday, a Somali police officer said a suicide bomber blew himself up near a government office in a central Somali town, killing at least four people.

At least 10 people, including eight soldiers, were killed and 15 others wounded when al-Shabaab militants stormed an army base in southwestern Somalia Monday, officials said.

A United States of America air strike killed a member of the Somali Islamist group Al Shabab in southwestern Somalia, making a total of four opponents killed this week, a statement said.

Loud explosion said to be a vehicle bomb happened near a hotel along Makka Al Mukarama street in Mogadishu, Somali capital on Monday afternoon, Garowe Online reports. "There are casualties. We targeted the workers of the Hiran administration", Musab said.

"The death toll on both sides could still rise", he was quoted as saying in media reports.

"Al-Shabab captured the military base, the police station and most part of the town", he added.

Formed in 2006, al-Shabaab wants to topple the Western-backed government and impose its own rule.

Al-Shabaab is fighting to create a strict Islamic state in this Horn of Africa nation. The group frequently carries out attacks in the capital, where on Monday one civilian was killed and three others injured in a auto bomb blast, according to police officer Capt. Mohamed Hussein.

Al-Shabab has vowed to step up attacks after the recently elected government of President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed launched a new military offensive against it.

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