Mogadishu café suicide bomb kills 15
15 people were killed and at least 20 more injured in a suicide bomb attack in a Mogadishu café on Thursday, according to witnesses . The attack took place across the street from the National Theatre, near the presidential palace.
Two unidentified men entered the village café at around 5:30 pm yesterday and detonated bombs, killing a total of 15 people and injuring 20, according to police officers.
Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the militant insurgent group Al-Shebab, said the bombing was carried out by supporters of his group.
The café was frequented by journalists and civil servants.
Among the dead were three prominent local journalists, four others were also seriously injured.
Meanwhile, overnight on Wednesday, mortar attacks and shelling in parts of Mogadishu’s Bondheere and Shibis districts killed five people and wounded 23 others, local sources reported. Among the victims was a woman who had recently given birth, who was killed when a mortar hit her home in Mogadishu.
Overall, violent attacks have decreased in recent months, since Amisom and Somali government forces pushed Al Shebab out of Mogadishu in August 2011.
Observers fear the Al-Shebab group might revert to hit-and-run attacks, indiscriminate shelling, and using human shields in their fight to overthrow the UN-backed Somali Federal Government.