At least twenty people have been killed and thirty others injured in a suicide car bomb attack just outside a restaurant near the port in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.
The blast, which occurred late on Friday, sent plumes of smoke into the sky and triggered gunfire, witnesses and state-owned media said.
“So far we have carried twenty dead people and thirty injured from the blast scene,” Dr. Abdulkadir Aden, founder of AAMIN Ambulance services was quoted by Reuters as saying.
According to witnesses, the explosion happened at the Luul Yemeni restaurant near the port.
Somalia’s state-controlled Radio Mogadishu reported there was also destruction of property and that police had cordoned off the area.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al Shabaab insurgents frequently conduct such bombings in Somalia and elsewhere as part of their campaign to overthrow the Horn of African country’s internationally-backed central government and establish their own version of Islamic sharia law.