3 November 2012

Somalia: Double Suicide Bombing At Mogadishu Restaurant

Mogadishu — A double suicide bombing at a restaurant in Mogadishu killed 3 people including the two suicide bombers and a guard, Garowe Online reports.

The suicide bombers targeted a restaurant near Mogadishu's Soobe's intersection that was frequented by government officials and Somali diaspora.

According to local sources, the restaurant was packed with customers when two suicide bombers attempted to barge in the restaurant but were rejected by security guards.

The suicide bombers detonated the explosives strapped to their bodies' in front of the restaurant killing 1 guard and injuring more than 10 people.

"The security guards at the door stopped the two suicide bombers from entering the restaurant and that's when they detonated their explosives," said Mohamed Ahmed who was drinking coffee at the restaurant during the attack.

The restaurant's owner is the same owner of Village restaurant, which was previous attack late September killed close to 40 people including journalists.

Authorities arrived at the scene immediately rushing the injured to nearby Digfeer hospital.

The attack comes two days after Uganda announced that they would be pulling their troops out of Somalia; although political analysts believe that threat is catered to a UN report criticizing Uganda's support to Congo's M23 rebel group.

Security analysts who spoke to GO said that the attack's timing is no surprise, as fragmented terror cells anticipate a possible security vacuum.

Deputy Chief of the Somali Military Gen. Abdikarim Yusuf Adan stated that the forces conducted operations in Mogadishu improving security in the city.

This is the third suicide attack in the war-torn capital since the election President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

The attack in late September was claimed by Al Shabaab, however the terror organization has yet to claim responsibility for Saturday afternoon's attack.

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