Suspected Somali extremists attack restaurant
Mogadishu, Somalia — A suicide car bomber rammed the gates of a restaurant near a beach in the capital and then gunmen fought their way into the building, a police official said late Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were any casualties.
The attackers may have taken some hostages inside the restaurant, which is popular with the city’s elite and government officials, Capt. Mohammed Hussein said. The attackers opened fire on the customers of the restaurant, known as Liido Seafood, on Thursday evening before storming the restaurant in Mogadishu, he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the ongoing attack, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an attack last week on Kenyan peacekeepers in southwestern Somalia. The al-Qaida-linked group said it had killed about 100 Kenyans in that attack, but the Kenyan government has given no death toll.
Despite being pushed out of Somalia’s major cities and towns, al-Shabab continues to launch deadly guerrilla attacks across the Horn of Africa country. African Union troops, government officials and foreigners are frequently targeted.