Al-Shabab fighters
Al-Shabab fighters (file photo)
A US airstrike has killed at least 35 civilians and wounded 50 others in Elbur town of Galgaduud region in central Somalia, Press TV reports.

The incident took place in the village of Ceelgaras on the outskirts of Elbur on Saturday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Local residents said dozens of civilians who were injured in the attack have been transferred to a local hospital.

A Somali government official has said that the aerial attack targeted al-Shabab's military base in the region.

Many residents were reported to be leaving the town for fear of more attacks.

The United States claims the raids target al-Shabab fighters, but locals say many civilians are killed in the attacks.

Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew the country's former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The Horn of African country has been paralyzed by violence between al-Shabab fighters and government troops that are backed by African Union forces.