Sat Oct 1, 2016 | 8:27am EDT
The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab said on Saturday it had carried out an attack on a restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, targeting members of the security forces eating there.
"We are behind the Blue Sky restaurant attack," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said, adding the group wanted to attack personnel who worked at a nearby detention center, known as Jilaow, where militants are usually held in underground cells.
(Reporting by Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
Sat Oct 1, 2016 | 8:39am EDT
Islamist group bombs Somali restaurant, at least 3 dead
Somali Islamist group al Shabaab bombed a restaurant frequented by members of the security forces in Mogadishu on Saturday, killing at least three people, officials and the group said.
Police said a suicide car bomb rammed the Blue Sky restaurant in the capital, which is located near a detention center, known as Jilaow, where militants are often held in underground cells.
Al Shabaab frequently launches attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple the Western-backed government.
Abdifatah Omar, a spokesman for Mogadishu’s local government, said at the scene that three people had been confirmed dead so far and four others were injured.
"We targeted the security forces and officers of the underground Jilaow cell who were there," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters, adding that at least 10 people were killed.
He did not say whether a suicide car bomb was used in the attack, although the group often uses such tactics.
Casualty figures given by al Shabaab and officials often differ.
(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh, Abdirahman Hussein and Feisal Omar; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Alexander Smith)