Oct 19 2013, 11:10am CDT | by IANS
A pro-Islamist website quoted an Al-Shabaab commander as saying that an Islamist fighter launched "a martyrdom operation" at a restaurant in Beledweyne town where Ethiopian and Djiboutian troops were staying, Xinhua reported.
Officials said most of those killed or injured in the attack were "innocent civilians" at the cafe.
The Somali government officially confirmed the death of "more than 10 people" in the blast near the local administration centre in Beledweyne town, provincial capital of Hiran region.
Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon strongly condemned the attack, saying the aim was to intimidate people of the region.
"The aim of the attackers is to intimidate the Somali people who want to determine their future, but the people will not go back," the prime minister said.
"The explosion killed 12 people and more than 15 were injured some of the severely after the suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the middle of the people," said Harun Afey, a police officer in Beledweyne.
Residents say the blast hit the eatery popular with local residents and civil servants.
The town had been under the control of Al-Shabaab for several years before they were ousted in 2012.
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