At least three people have been killed and four wounded in a suspected suicide car bomb attack at a restaurant in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, according to officials.
The Blue Sky restaurant, which was attacked on Saturday afternoon, is located near the presidential palace and a centre for national security and intelligence.
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Abdifatah Omar, a spokesman for Mogadishu’s local government, told Reuters news agency at the scene that at least three people had been confirmed dead and four others were wounded.
“The investigation for further details continues,” he said.
Later on Saturday, Al-Shabab, the armed group fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Mogadishu, said it was responsible for the attack.
Residents said the restaurant was frequented by members of the national security forces.
Al-Shabab fighters have claimed responsibility for several recent explosions in Mogadishu, including a car bomb attack that killed a prominent Somali general and several of his bodyguards. .
Since being pushed out of major cities and towns, the group has resorted to armed attacks across the Horn of Africa country and in other countries in the region such as Kenya.
Source: Al Jazeera/Agencies