An overnight raid by militants in central Somalia has killed 11 government and African Union soldiers and wounded at least 18 others.

Somali officials blame militant group al-Shabab for the attack in the town of Buloburde, which the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia recaptured from al-Shabab last week.

AMISOM spokesman Colonel Ali Hamoud tells VOA a man drove a car past a hotel checkpoint around 2:20 a.m. local time.



"AMISOM troops tried to, you know, stop it by firing but it did not stop and then it exploded when we had our troops gathering."



The attack triggered a heavy gunbattle at the hotel, which is used by Somali and AMISOM officials.