At least 13 killed after car bomb detonated as security personnel gather at a restaurant In Mogadishu.
Mogadishu, (Harar24) At least 13 people have reportedly been killed with scores of others injured after a car full of explosives targeted a restaurant near the headquarters of Somalia’s intelligence services in Mogadishu.
According to witnesses who were present nearby the restaurant which itself is close to the intelligence services headquarters located in the northern parts of Mogadishu, a car full of explosives that was parked by the restaurant where senior intelligence officers were sitting was remotely detonated killing at least 13 people including 3 intelligence officers who were inside the restaurant.
Hasan Mahamed who left the restaurant moments before the car explosion told Harar24 “I left the restaurant after drinking my usual cup of tea and I passed by the car which then exploded minutes later.” “I didn’t see anyone inside the car so I am not sure how they exploded it, it must’ve been done remotely” added Hasan.
The Al-Shabaab movement has taken responsibility of the attack saying they had targeted top intelligence officers who were meeting at the restaurant and that this was part of their series of recent operations inside the capital city of Mogadishu.
Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Mus’ab the military spokesman of Al-Shabaab who spoke to the media moments after the attack said “We had targeted place where intelligence members of the apostates where holding a meeting and thanks to God we have killed many of them.”
Many residents are growing frustrated and impatient with the recent flow of attacks carried out by Al-Shabaab inside the capital, which they say are impossible for the government to prevent or tackle since they don’t know when, where or how Al-Shabaab will strike next. “Although the government gives us many promises and guarantees that these guys are on the verge of breaking, we are seeing the complete opposite here, the attacks are almost a daily occurrence here with no end in sight” Isma’il Sharif told Harar24.
This attack comes at a crucial time when the security situation in the capital city of Mogadishu is deteriorating and arrives less than a week when another heavy car bomb targeted the presidential palace followed by gun men belonging to Al-Shabaab storming the palace and killing at least 25 people including high ranking officials.