World Bulletin/News Desk
A bomber strapped with explosives around his chest killed 25 people including four Ethiopian soldiers on Saturday outside a restaurant popular with Ethiopian and Somali troops in the town of Baladweyne in central Somalia, local officials said.
More than 20 people were also wounded in the explosion near a military base, local legislator Dahir Amin Jesow said.
"A man with an explosives jacket entered unexpectedly in the tea shop where soldiers and civilians sat...and blew himself up," said local elder Ahmed Nur, speaking from the scene of the blast.
"I could see the bodies of several soldiers being carried, but I could not make out whether they were dead or injured."
Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombing.
"Our main target was Ethiopian and Djibouti troops who invaded our country. They were sitting there,' Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab's military operation spokesman said.
He put the death toll from the attack at 25, including troops from Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.
Security sources took the region under control and launched an investigation.
Ethiopian troops have been fighting al Shabaab militants in neighbouring Somalia for much of the past decade.
Ethiopia waged an ill-fated war in Somalia in 2006-2009 and sent troops across the border again in 2011.
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