By Azania Post Reporter
THE governor of Hiran region in Somalia has escape death after an al Shabab suicide bomber blew himself outside his office where he was holding a meeting.
The attack left six people died, while others injured, senior police officials in the Central city of Beledweyne said.
They said that the deadly blast took place outside the office of the governor of the Hiran region, where he was holding a meeting, police and residents said yesterday.
"At least six people died and several others were wounded. A suicide bomber blew up himself in a restaurant," Major Hussein Osman, a police officer, told Reuters news agency from Beledweyne.
"We are behind the attack at the Hiran governor's headquarters. There are casualties. We targeted the workers of the Hiran administration," said Abdiasis Abu Musab, an al-Shabab spokesman.
The town is about 340km north of the capital Mogadishu. Residents said clan elders were among the dead.
"The suicide bomber who had an explosive jacket stood inside the restaurant and blew up himself. We were heading to a meeting in the governor’s office when it happened," said Farah Ali, a local elder.
Somalia has been at war since 1991 when clan-based warlords overthrew long-time leader Siad Barre and then turned on each other.
Al-Shabab has in the past carried out frequent attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia in a bid to topple the country's Western-backed government and drive out African Union troops.
The armed group also wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.