Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabab has taken responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu that killed Somali troops in the capital Mogadishu.
At least seven people were killed in the blast targeting a military convoy at a checkpoint. The attacker only hit one vehicle in the convoy and also died from the blast, according to Somali officials, but Al-Shabab said it had killed 17 soldiers and wounded more than 30 others in the attack.
Al-Shabab has mounted attacks in the region and pushed out of the capital by AU forces in 2011. It is fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government and has increased its attacks on neighboring Kenya, where an attacker that aimed for security forces at the U.S. mission in Nairobi was killed last month.
It has also been conducting guerilla attacks in many parts of Somalia.