Car bomb from al-Shabab kills 5 in Somali capital Reviewed by Momizat on . MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least five people were killed and several wounded when a car bomb planted by Islamist militant group al-Shabab exploded near restaurants MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least five people were killed and several wounded when a car bomb planted by Islamist militant group al-Shabab exploded near restaurants Rating: 0
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Car bomb from al-Shabab kills 5 in Somali capital

Car bomb from al-Shabab kills 5 in Somali capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least five people were killed and several wounded when a car bomb planted by Islamist militant group al-Shabab exploded near restaurants on a busy street in the Somali capital Wednesday.

 

Al-Shabab, which wants to topple the government it says is a puppet of Western powers, frequently has launched bomb and gun attacks in Mogadishu and promised more attacks after losing control of a major coastal stronghold this month.

 

“We heard a huge blast followed by gunfire,” said Ahmed Idris, who was near the Village Market restaurant close to the blast. A tea shop and a pharmacy bore the brunt of the damage.

 

Idris said several mortar shells landed in the area just before the blast.

 

Col. Ahmed Abdullahi, a senior police officer, said five civilians were killed, and seven wounded people were taken to a hospital.

 

Sheik Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab’s military-operations spokesman, said: “We were behind the blast at the tea shop. We targeted and killed many of the security officers and presidential palace workers who sit there.”

 

The presidential palace is about a half-mile from the site of the blast.

 

Al-Shabab also claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack that killed at least seven people at the Oromo restaurant. Musab said it was “because … workers of the Ethiopian Embassy sat there.”

 

Ethiopian troops are part of an African Union mission fighting al-Shabab in Somalia.

 

Source: Reuters

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