NEWS– An al-Shabab suicide attack on a crowded tea shop in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu is reported to have killed 10 people and wounded many others yestrday evening.
The death toll from the attack, which targeted the shop near heavily guarded government institutions was significantly higher than the four reported earlier.
According to a press release issued by the Somalia Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism today, the suicide bomber wearing a vest detonated the device near the Juba Hotel, killing at least 10 people with dozens injured.
“The attack occurred during a busy hour where the victims were enjoying a local tea shop,” The Ministry Statement added.
The Somali governmemt has attributed the malicious attack on the al-Shabab – an al-Qaeda-linked armed group fighting to overthrow Somalia government.
Shortly after the attack the Al shaabab Group swiftly claimed responsibility for the attack.
A witness in Mogadishu Abdulkarim Ali reported that the attack took place just a few hundred metres from the headquarters of the Somali intelligence Agency and added that the cafe was crowded when the blast occurred.
Al-Shabab regularly attacks government and civilian targets in Mogadishu and the Militant group controlled most of the capital until 2011 when it was pushed out by Somali troops backed by African Union soldiers, but still holds territory in the countryside.