Militant Islamists have attacked a Somali military base and police station near the border with Kenya, killing eight soldiers, an official has said.
The al-Shabab militants rammed the base in Beled Hawa town with an explosives-packed vehicle, and then stormed it on foot, Mohamud Hayd Osman added.
Al-Shabab said it had killed 30 soldiers in the hit-and-run attack.
It has carried out a spate of attacks in Somalia and Kenya since launching an insurgency more than a decade ago.
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