Somalia: Death toll from car bomb blasts in Hiraan region rises to 35

Al-Shabaab militants detonated two car bombs killing at least 35 people and leveling several houses in central Somalia’s Hiraan region on Wednesday, a government-allied militia and a local elder said.

The death toll from a twin car bomb attack in central Somalia’s Hiraan region has risen to 35, up from an earlier toll of at least 15, a senior police official stated on Wednesday. Al-Shabaab, part of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, has been waging an insurgency against Somalia’s government since 2007.

Although it was driven out of Hiraan last year by government forces and allied clan militias known as Macawisley, it has continued to stage attacks.

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