Somalia: Explosion Kills 5, Injures 7 in Mogadishu
A car bomb explosion outside a busy Mogadishu restaurant killed five people and injured a further seven on Monday.
The explosion took place outside a popular restaurant near Mogadishu’s government headquarters in Hamarweyne. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted Somali government officials.
Second blast in three days
Monday’s explosion came after a previous bomb killed three people and wounded five in Mogadishu on Saturday. Both attacks took place outside popular restaurants around lunchtime. Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for Saturday’s explosion, which it says targeted Somali security forces.
Police officers have since revealed non-governmental soldiers were injured Saturday’s explosion. However, witnesses say all those killed in the attack were civilians – including one child.
Hotels and restaurants popular with government officials and security forces are common targets for Al-Shabaab attacks in the Somali capital. The Islamist extremist group has vowed to take down the nation’s government, which is backed by Western powers.
Monday’s attack came within hours of the Somali government announcing the execution former Al-Shabaab journalist Hassan Hanafi Haji. Haji was executed by firing squad after being found guilty of plotting the killings of five journalists in Somalia. However, Al-Shabaab has given no indication that Monday’s attack was linked to the execution of its former media officer.
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