Al-Shabab said at least 30 Ethiopian soldiers have been killed and scores injured after a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a military vehicle in central Somalia.

The vehicle was in a convoy was traveling along Elgal-Jiwil road from Beledweyne town when it was hit by the IED, causing a massive explosion, witnesses said.

The convoy which was part of the Ethiopian military serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was on their way to Kalabeyr near Ethiopian-Somalia border.

Al-Shabaab said the IED tore apart the vehicle, killing the soldiers instantly.

AMISOM has not yet commented on the incident.