Ambulances waiting to take away wounded and killed.

A suicide bomber in a car laden with explosives rammed the gates of a popular Liido Sea Food restaurant at Liido beach in Mogadishu the capital of Somalia last night, he was immediately followed by armed assailants. The gunmen killed at least three people outside the restaurant before entering and killing an additional 16 people in an attempt to take hostages; the restaurant is popular among the elite and government officials so our sources speculate that they were the target.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, in which four of their gunmen were also killed, and one captured.

“The mujahedeen fighters targeted the Lido Beach,” the militants said on the group’s Radio Andalus, calling it a “major operation against the enemy of Allah”.

Despite being pushed out of Somalia’s major cities and towns, al-Shabab continues to launch deadly guerrilla attacks across the Horn of Africa country. African Union troops, government officials and foreigners are frequently targeted.

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