A bomb explosion in southwest Somalia state left a minimum of eight dead and 13 injured on Friday.
The explosion occurred in a bustling market within the city of Berdale, some 310 kilometers (192 miles) from the capital Mogadishu, a police official instructed Anadolu (AA) Agency by phone.
“Communications are cut off in the area, but we can confirm that at least eight people, mostly civilians, have died and 13 others are injured,” mentioned Mohammed Ahmed Isaq, a cop from Baidoa, the executive capital of Southwestern State.
“Three of the injured are in critical condition, while the injuries of the others are not life threatening,” he added.
No group has but claimed duty for the explosion, however the al-Shabab terror group has stepped up its assaults in Somalia in latest days.
It can be behind two consecutive assaults in Mogadishu final week, together with a suicide bombing assault on a convoy of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that left three useless and several other injured.
Amid rising insecurity, Somali forces have stepped up operations in opposition to the group, which is affiliated with the terrorist group al-Qaida.