‘More than 10’ killed in Mogadishu car bomb: Security official

Suicide car bomb blast rocked the Somali capital, Mogadishu, outside a restaurant near the port. (AFP/File)
Suicide car bomb blast rocked the Somali capital, Mogadishu, outside a restaurant near the port. (AFP/File)
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Updated 05 March 2021

‘More than 10’ killed in Mogadishu car bomb: Security official

‘More than 10’ killed in Mogadishu car bomb: Security official
  • AAMIN ambulance services official says 25 injured people
  • Witness living nearby says he was going to restaurant, but ran back when blast shook the area

MOGADISHU: More than 10 people were killed Friday night when a car bomb detonated by Al-Shabaab extremists hit a popular restaurant in Mogadishu, according to a security official.
A suicide bomber detonated the car loaded with explosives outside the popular Lul Yemeni restaurant near the Mogadishu port.
"The blast was very heavy and caused massive destruction and civilian casualties, the operation is still going on to establish the exact number of casualties but initial information security officials obtained indicates more than 10 people died", said security officer Mohamed Osman.
"The casualties can be more than that, but it is difficult to establish at the moment", he added.
A medical official said 20 people were confirmed dead and 30 others wounded.
"Our teams on the ground confirmed the death of 20 people and 30 others were wounded", said the director of Mogadishu's Aamin ambulance service, Abdikadir Abdirahman.
The attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group.
Mogadishu is regularly targeted with attacks by Al-Shabaab who have been waging a long and violent insurgency seeking to unseat the internationally backed government in Mogadishu.
They were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, but still control swathes of territory from where they plan and launch frequent, deadly strikes against government and civilian targets.