At least six people were killed in a suicide bombing outside a mosque in the Somali port city of Kismayo, according to a regional official.
“A suicide bomber wearing a heavy vest of explosives targeted the Muslim congregation at the Qaadim Mosque in the center of the city as people were leaving the mosque after offering Friday prayers,” Abdinasir Gulled told the dpa news agency.
Twenty other people were injured in the attack, which may have been directed against a provincial politician, Gulled said.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on their Radio Andalus.
The armed group, which has links to al-Qaeda, regularly launches attacks against prominent government officials, journalists and businessmen, as well as civilians, in the volatile Horn of Africa country .
The attacks continue
The incident comes after three people were killed and seven were injured in a suicide bombing at a restaurant in Mogadishu on Wednesday. Information Ministry spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Omar said the attacker entered the Blue Sky restaurant near the Mogadishu National Theater before he blew himself up.
At least three Somali special forces soldiers were also killed and a US officer was injured in a car bomb and mortar attack outside a military base in southern Somalia on Monday. Al-Shabab said he was behind the attack and estimated the death toll at 20.
A Somali soldier was also injured in the attack on the village of Janay Abdalla, about 60 km (37 miles) from Kismayo – which is also the administrative capital of Jubaland state.
Somalia has faced near-continuous conflict for nearly 30 years, while the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu has been fighting al-Shabab since 2008.
In August, 10 civilians and a policeman were killed in an al-Shabab bombing of an upscale beachfront hotel in the capital.
In the same month, four al-Shabab fighters held in Mogadishu central prison were killed in an intense shootout with security forces after they managed to get their hands on weapons at the facility.
At least seven people were killed in another attack in August when a car bomb exploded at an army base in Mogadishu where members of the Somali National Army (SNA) were stationed.