By NJ Correspondent
At least eight people have been killed and over 20 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack at a busy restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday evening.
The vehicle laden with explosives detonated near a coffee shop located along Makkah Al-mukaram street, and opposite the country’s immigration directorate headquarters.
The coffee shop is frequently used by the government officials. MPs, Journalists and local business people.
Ahmed Mohamed a resident told Nep journal that most of the casualties are civilians who stayed nearby the restaurant at the time of the attack.
He said the death toll may rise because of the number of seriously injured person rushed to nearby hospitals.
Al-Qaida affiliated grouped have claimed responsibility through Pro-Al-Shabaab Radio Andalus and their website.
Senior security officials were among the casualties, al Shabaab said
“We are behind the blast,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters. “The targets were police, intelligence, military officials and immigration workers.
Three Somali soldiers on an ordnance-clearing mission were on Monday morning killed after a roadside bomb planted by suspected Al-Shabaab militants exploded 90km north of Mogadishu.
Al-Shabaab has been in decline since 2011, but still control some areas planning and carrying out bomb attacks against government officials, civilians, politicians and humanitarian aid workers.