Garowe Online (Garowe)

27 December 2013

Somalia: Bomb Blast At Restaurant Kills 11 in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — A bomb detonated with remote control has killed at least eleven people at a restaurant in Dayniile district of Mogadishu on Friday according to witnesses, Garowe Online reports.

Dayniile commissioner, Hiirey Moallim Omar told the media that the dead included Somali Federal Government soldiers and the female restaurateur, with witnesses reporting that the eatery was busy at the time of bombing.

"A bomb went off inside the restaurant and the blast killed civilians, the restaurant owner and military officer," added Omar.

He accused Al Shabaab friends of being responsible for the attack, although the militant group remains silent about the latest deadly attack. Government sources say that the bomb was planted near the restaurant.

In a press statement from his office, Federal Government of Somalia's Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed sent condolences to the families of the victims and called the attack as futile act.

Amid steady recovery from two decades of chaos, Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab militants target Somali government officials and soldiers, soft structures and foreigners in Mogadishu.

Over 17,000-strong African Union peacekeepers dislodged Al Shabaab fighters from Mogadishu in 2011 and continue to prop-up the Mogadishu-based federal government soldiers.

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