3 People Killed in Suicide Bombing in the Somali Capital
A police captain in Mogadishu, Abdifatah Hassan said the attack was caused by a suicide bomber targeting a popular restaurant near the highly protected presidential palace. The restaurant is frequently visited by government officials and security forces.
Somali government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Oronjo said at least two civilians were among the dead, while seven others were injured.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but authorities have blamed the al-Shabaab rebel group with links to al-Qaeda. The group has previously claimed responsibility for recent attacks on the horn of the African country.
The attack came 24 hours after the Somali military claimed to have killed 14 al-Shabaab militants after an attack in the southern city of Bal’ad about 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of the capital.
On Monday, at least three soldiers were killed, and several others injured in a car bombing targeting a military base outside Kismayo, the administrative capital of Somalia’s southern Jubaland state.
A US service member was also injured in the attack, according to AFRICOM.