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Suicide bomber kills 6 in central Somalia

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Al-Shabab wants to topple the Western-backed government and drive out African Union troops [File: Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]Al-Shabab wants to topple the Western-backed government and drive out African Union troops [File: Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]

At least six people died after an al-Shabab suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official’s office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne.

The deadly blast took place outside the office of the governor of the Hiran region, where he was holding a meeting, police and residents said on Sunday.

“At least six people died and several others were wounded. A suicide bomber blew up himself in a restaurant,” Major Hussein Osman, a police officer, told Reuters news agency from Beledweyne.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group said it was behind the attack.

“We are behind the attack at the Hiran governor’s headquarters. There are casualties. We targeted the workers of the Hiran administration,” said Abdiasis Abu Musab, an al-Shabab spokesman