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Somali military officers attend a training programme at their military base in Mogadishu, Somalia. Reuters
Al Shabaab militants attacked two military bases belonging to the Somali National Army early on Saturday morning, witnesses and the militants said.
The bases, located about 100 km southwest of the capital Mogadishu, were struck by two explosions, the witnesses said.
A third explosion targeted a convoy of troops rushing to the bases from the capital after the attack, they added.
At least 26 people, including many foreigners, were killed and 56 injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al Shabaab militants on a popular hotel in southern Somalia, a top regional official said on Saturday.
Deputy county commissioner Kibet Bowen said on Tuesday the gunmen targeted police officers at a roadblock near the village of Saretho. Police killed two of the suspected extremists, he said.
Burkina Faso, bordering Mali and Niger, has seen regular militant attacks which have left hundreds dead since the start of 2015 when militant violence began to spread across the Sahel region.
Five people were killed in an extremist attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said on Wednesday, adding that the victims were three civilians and two members of the security forces.
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