Somalia: Suicide bomber kills five in Mogadishu tea shop attack

Four others wounded in the blast which targeted a tea shop frequented by young people, police said.

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Five civilians, including a child, have been killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself at a tea shop in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, according to police

“Around 7pm (16:00 GMT) in the evening, a suicide bomber detonated himself at a tea shop frequented by the youth,” police spokesman Sadiq Dudishe said in a statement on Saturday.

“Six people, four of them youth, a child, and the suicide bomber died in the blast. Four others were wounded,” the statement said.

A witness said the bomber walked into a crowd who were drinking tea in an open area near a police station.

“I was getting out of a restaurant just a few hundred metres away from where the blast occurred, I was shocked by the blast and it was huge. I saw people rushing to the scene and wounded being carried,” said witness Ali Mohamed.

“Police cordoned off the area, but I saw several dead bodies carried away in an ambulance, they were young men, two of them from the neighbourhood where I live,” he added.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: AFP