Cyprus Mail
World

Islamist gunmen kill 17 in Somalia beach restaurant attack (Updated)

Mogadishu's Lido beach has become popular with residents since al-Shabab withdrew from the city in 2011

At least 17 people were killed when Islamist gunmen struck a popular beachside restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu late on Thursday, Somali police said.

Al Shabaab, a militant group aligned with al Qaeda, said its members set off two car bombs at the Beach View Cafe on Mogadishu’s popular Lido beach, engaging in a gun battle for hours with government troops trying to flush them out.

“The operation ended at 3 a.m. last night and at least 17 civilians were killed,” police officer Osman Nur told Reuters on Friday.

Police said al Shabaab fighters set off the first car bomb at dusk. A huge second blast, which witnesses said echoed around the city centre, struck about an hour later as government soldiers laid siege to the restaurant.

Related Posts

Press freedom at risk as Turkey blocks access to Deutsche Welle, Voice of America

Reuters News Service

Mexican mayor weds alligator, ceremony sealed with a kiss

‘Cryptoqueen’ added to FBI’s most-wanted list over alleged $4 billion fraud

Missile kills 14 near Odesa after Ukraine retakes Snake Island

Russia abandons Snake Island in victory for Ukraine (Update 3)

Reuters News Service

Biden sending more weapons to Ukraine as Nato prepares for long fight

2 comments

Comments are closed.