A suicide bomber belonging to the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab killed at least 10 people on Thursday in central Somalia, officials and witnesses said.
The attack targeted a convoy carrying a senior regional official in the town of Galkayo, 750 kilometres north of the capital, Mogadishu.
The official and several of his bodyguards were killed, said a senior police officer who asked to remain anonymous.
"There is blood everywhere," witness Jama Yusuf said, adding that he saw several bodies.
The attack occurred close to a hotel, some of whose occupants may have been injured, witnesses said.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on its Radio Andalus.