Suspected al-Shabaab militants detonated a car bomb outside a restaurant filled with lunchtime customers in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killing at least seven people, a police spokesman said.
Fifteen other people were injured in the Tuesday blast, spokesman Qafim Ahmed Roble told reporters at the scene. The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab was probably behind the attack, he said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab is waging an insurgency in the Horn of Africa nation, staging gun and grenade attacks to try and destabilize the government and impose Islamic law.
The group carried out an assault on the Somali Education Ministry a week ago that left 17 people dead. On Monday, al-Shabaab planted a bomb in a bus carrying United Nations employees in the capital of Somalia’s northern semi-autonomous Puntland region, Garowe, killing 10 people.