At least 17 people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia and another bomber targeted a marketplace nearby.
One bomber rammed his car into a checkpoint in the town of Galkayo on Sunday morning after reaching the main gate of Puntland’s local government.
Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in northern Somalia, controls the northern part of the town, while the southern part is controlled by rival regional state Galmudug.
The al Qaida-linked al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack. The town rarely sees such attacks, unlike other parts of the country where al-Shabab continues a deadly guerrilla campaign.
The town’s main hospital received more than 15 wounded people, including some with horrific wounds, said nurse Abdikareem Ali.