Gunmen, reportedly al-Shabaab militants, have attacked a beach restaurant, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, following a car bombing.
Gunmen have attacked a beach restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The gunmen, understood to be al-Shabaab militants, first detonated a car bomb before attacking the restaurant, clashing with security forces, according to police and a statement by al-Shabaab.
“A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there is exchange of gunfire. We have no other details so far,” Major Ahmed Ibrahim, a police officer, told Reuters news agency on Thursday.
Al-Shabaab, who are affiliated with al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack.
“We attacked the Banadir beach restaurant and now our fighters are fighting inside it,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, a spokesman for the group, told Reuters.
A militant had prematurely detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the new Turkish embassy compound in the capital, according to a Somali police officer.