10 Dead After Blast Outside Restaurant in Somalia’s Capital

By ABDI GULED Associated Press

Somalis carry away a man who was wounded in an attack using an explosives-laden vehicle on a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday. A Somali police officer says the blast occurred as the restaurant in the Waberi district of Somalia’s capital was crowded with diners. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside a busy restaurant in Somalia’s capital, killing at least 10 people, police said Thursday.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press that the blast occurred as the restaurant in Mogadishu’s Waberi district was crowded with diners.

At least 16 wounded people were taken to hospitals, the Aamin ambulance service said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group often targets high-profile areas in Mogadishu with suicide bombings. Those often include security checkpoints, hotels and government offices.

The extremist group was chased out of the capital several years ago but continues to hold large parts of rural southern and central Somalia, taxing local people and travelers to fund its deadly quest to establish an Islamic state. It has thousands of fighters.

The United States military has dramatically increased the number of deadly airstrikes against al-Shabab since President Donald Trump took office. The U.S. is one of a number of actors fighting al-Shabab, including a multinational African Union force, Somali forces and Kenyan troops.

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