Al-Shabab suspected in deadly Somalia bombing

Police say at least eight people were killed in bombing targeting government offices in Mogadishu.

    Al-Shabab suspected in deadly Somalia bombing
    Police have accused al-Shabab of carrying out several large-scale attacks throughout Somalia this year [Reuters]

    At least eight people have been killed after a remotely-controlled bomb exploded in a busy restaurant in the Somali capital, according to police and local witnesses.

    Police suspect Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group of planting the bomb in the Dayniile district of Mogadishu on Friday, though al-Shabab did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack.

    "The remotely controlled bomb targeted government forces. Eight people died, including three soldiers," Major Kadar Mohamed, a senior police officer, told Reuters news agency.

    "I could see several motionless people lying on the scene," said Fatuma Hassan, a mother of three who was near the bomb blast. "The whole place was ruined and stained with blood."

    Al-Shabab fighters were pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011 by African Union peacekeeping troops, but the group has carried out several large-scale attacks on prominent targets over the past year.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    A relatively new independence and fresh waves of conflict inspire a South Sudanese refugee to build antiwar video games.