MOGADISHU: At least one person was killed today by a car bomb in the latest of a string of attacks in Somalia’s war-ravaged capital, set off outside a popular beachside restaurant, police said.
Police officer Hussein Ali, who was nearby when the car exploded, said they have reports that one person was killed and another was injured in the blast.
The explosion took place close to Mogadishu’s famous Lido beach, which is usually crowded on a weekend with families enjoying the sand, playing football or swimming in the Indian Ocean waves.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents have launched a series of guerrilla-style attacks in Mogadishu in recent months.
The insurgents have vowed to topple newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in September after being chosen by the country’s new parliament.