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Al-Shabaab has stepped up its terror attacks in Somalia as new PM Hamza Abdi Barre vowed to defeat the militant group through military and non-military means.
BULO-BURDE, Somalia - At least two people are reported to have been killed and several others wounded on Sunday in central Somalia following a suspected Al-Shabaab powerful explosion.
The blast ripped through a police security checkpoint in Bulo-Burde town in the Hiran region early in the morning, targeting government security forces on duty, searching vehicles passing through.
I heard an explosion during the morning rush hour from Igaal police checkpoint located west of Bulo-Burde district. I'm told that two soldiers died and two others were injured in the attack," said a resident.
The wounded have been rushed to a local hospital for treatment. There was no claim of responsibility for the IED attack on the security checkpoint but police believe it was behind Al-Shabaab.
Bulo Burde lies 240 kilometers north of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
In recent months, Al-Shabaab has stepped up its terror attacks in Somalia as new PM Hamza Abdi Barre vowed to defeat the militant group through military and non-military means.
Despite being ejected from Mogadishu and other major towns in southern Somalia, Al-Shabaab still remains a potent threat to national security and the entire Horn of Africa region.
Last week, Al-Shabaab has carried out a rare attack in Ethiopia, killings dozens of Liyu police officers from the Somali regional state in Africa's second largest populous country.
Kenya is now on alert over the Al-Shabaab threat as the nation goes to the polling stations next month, August 9. Additional forces were deployed to the border areas to thwart terror attacks.