Somali officials announced on Monday that at least 30 people had been killed in an attack by the al-Shabaab terrorist group in the province of Galmudug.

Iran Press/Africa: The insurgents used car bombs in the assault on a military base in Galmudug's Wisil town, located in central Somalia, triggering a fight with government troops and armed locals, Major Mohamed Awale, a military officer in Galmudug said.

The attack killed 17 soldiers and 13 civilians.

Local officials said more than six civilians and six soldiers had been killed in the attack.

The al-Shabaab terrorist group has been trying to overthrow the Somali central government since 2007.

The al-Qaeda-allied al Shabaab has been fighting in Somalia for more than a decade to try to topple the country's central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law. 219