SOMALI authorities say about 16 people were killed and 50 others wounded after two suicide bombers attacked a restaurant and a hotel in the town of Baidoa on Friday.
Officials said a man wearing an explosive device reportedly walked into Beder restaurant and blew himself up, killing multiple people and wounding others.
Reports say another suicide bomber blew himself up at the Bilan hotel, killing more than six people shortly after the first blast.
Armed group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Baidoa on Andalus, a pro-Shabab radio station.
It said one blast targeted a hotel owned by a former Somali minister, Mohamed Aden Fargeti, one of several candidates running for the presidency of the region in November’s election.