Somali insurgents targeted an African Union (AU) peacekeeping base in Mogadishu on Thursday, detonating two suicide car bombs.
A Reuters reporter saw six wounded soldiers being carried away from the site of the explosions while thick smoke poured into the sky over Somalia's capital.
Witnesses said AU troops had died, along with some Somalis who had been waiting for medical treatment at the AU base, but the number of casualties was not immediately clear.
Al Shabaab's spokesman, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, said Thursday's attacks were to avenge the death of Kenyan-born Salah Ali Saleh Nabhan, who was killed in southern Somalia on Monday during a raid by U.S. special forces.
"We have got our revenge for our brother Nabhan," he told Reuters.
"We knew the infidel government and AU troops planned to attack us after the holy month. This is a message to them."
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