Six people died in a blast on Friday at a seaside restaurant in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, an ambulance service official said.
“So far we have carried six dead civilians and seven others injured,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Aamin Ambulance Service said.
Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab that claimed responsibility for the blast, with their military operations spokesperson Abdiasis Abu Musab said they were targeting “security officers and politicians of the apostate government.”
The recently opened Pescatore Seafood Restaurant in Lido Beach, Mogadishu’s south, was frequented by security and government officials.
It was unclear if there was any high ranking official or security personnel among the dead or injured.
The group frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and elsewhere has been fighting for years to topple the central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islam’s sharia law.