On Thursday, a car bomb explosion near a hotel and restaurant in Mogadishu killed at least 15 people on a busy area of the Somali capital previously aimed by Islamist militants. The afternoon blast sent smoke spiraling into the sky and ripped two restaurants and some cars that were parked in the area.
Till now, 15 people have died which includes five women. Seventeen others were injured in the explosion, as stated by Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin Ambulance service.
Another witness stated that she had seen 18 bodies being carried out from the scene. Another resident stated that it was shocking for her as a mother to watch the gory scene and she requests those behind the explosion to stop such acts. Earlier police gave a death toll of eight.
Police Major Mohamed Hussein told reporters that the blast destroyed a restaurant and killed many people who were inside and outside the restaurant. The death toll might rise.
Al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab militants stated that they were behind the assault and that they had killed eight government staff and wounded five others.
Al Shabaab in the past has aimed the same location, the Wehliye Hotel, which is also along the busy Maka al Mukaram road.
On Saturday, 15 people died in two explosions and a gunbattle between Al-Shabaab and security personnel in Mogadishu.
Al Shabaab, which is seeking to oust Somalia’s Western-supported central government, was thrown from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other bastion.
However, it remains a threat, with fighters often conducting bombings in Somalia and adjoining Kenya, whose troops form part of the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force that helps safeguarded the central government.