Al-Shabab car bomb attack kills seven in Somalia Featured

The group claimed responsibility for the blast in a heavily guarded area of Mogadishu near the presidential palace.

A car bomb in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has killed seven people and wounded several others, police say.

The bomb that went off on Thursday was in a car parked outside a restaurant near a checkpoint manned by the presidential guard regiment.

"What we know so far about the attack is that a car bomb blast targeted the busy Dalsan restaurant, killing five people, including soldiers and civilians," Adan Ahmed, a police officer, told Anadolu Agency by telephone.

The blast "was caused by a car loaded with explosives, we perceive that it was parked near a restaurant along the road," Somali police official Ibrahim Mohamed told the AFP news agency.

Somalia: Many killed in al-Shabab attack in Mogadishu

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened in the vicinity of the presidential palace - an area with some of the highest security in Mogadishu - saying it had targeted government officials.

The blast is the second in less than a week, following another car bomb last Thursday, which killed 29 people, mainly civilians. Al-Shabab later claimed responsibility.

A gun battle followed the March 1 attack, shutting down parts of Mogadishu.

A car bomb in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has killed seven people and wounded several others, police say.

The bomb that went off on Thursday was in a car parked outside a restaurant near a checkpoint manned by the presidential guard regiment.

"What we know so far about the attack is that a car bomb blast targeted the busy Dalsan restaurant, killing five people, including soldiers and civilians," Adan Ahmed, a police officer, told Anadolu Agency by telephone.

The blast "was caused by a car loaded with explosives, we perceive that it was parked near a restaurant along the road," Somali police official Ibrahim Mohamed told the AFP news agency.

Source: ALJAZEERA