10 killed in Somalia beach restaurant attack

World Friday 26/August/2016 17:08 PM
By: Times News Service
10 killed in Somalia beach restaurant attack

Mogadishu: The death toll from an attack late on Thursday by IS on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 10, police said.
The attackers set off a car bomb at the Banadir restaurant at the city's Lido beach before engaging security forces in a fight for several hours.
The casualties comprised six civilians, two members of the security forces and two of the attackers, Ali Abdullahi, a police officer, said on Friday.
Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab claimed the attack, which ended at around 3:00am local time, police said.
The group has carried out a series of deadly attacks in Somalia to try to topple the Western-backed government.
In a separate incident in southern Somalia, a roadside bomb planted by Al Shabaab militants injured 10 people, police said on Friday, raising the number of wounded from three initially.
One of those wounded in the explosion in Baardhere town in Gedo region was the local district commissioner, police said.
Earlier police officer Major Ahmed Ibrahim said, "A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there was exchange of gunfire."
Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab's military operation spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said the group was responsible for the attack.
"We attacked the Banadir beach restaurant and now our fighters are fighting inside it," he told Reuters.
Al Shabaab, has carried out a series of deadly attacks in Somalia to try to topple the government.
In January, its militants stormed another restaurant on Lido beach, killing 17 people.
On Sunday, more than 20 people were killed when its suicide bombers detonated two car bombs at a local government headquarters in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region.
Al Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu by the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM in 2011 but has remained a potent threat in Somalia, launching frequent attacks aimed at overthrowing the Western-backed governmen.