Suicide bomber strikes in Somalia; 20 dead, 33 hurt

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(CNN) — Soldiers were among the casualties when a suicide bomber killed at least 20 people and wounded 33 others at a cafe in Somalia early Saturday, authorities told CNN.

The incident occurred in the town of Baladweyne in the central part of the African nation.

Baladweyne is the capital of Hiirran province, and the attack took place near the administrative office of the region. The city is more than 200 miles north of Mogadishu.

Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, a Hirran deputy governor, said seven government soldiers died and top Somali military commanders were injured and hospitalized.

Al-Shabaab, the militant Islamist group, issued a claim of responsibility on its website and said it killed Somali and Ethiopian troops, who have been fighting Al-Shabaab.

A terror group with ties to al Qaeda, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for last month’s four-day siege at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, where at least 67 people died.