Somalia: Car bomb kills 2 at restaurant in the capital

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Posted: Apr 09, 2016 11:57 AM
Somalia: Car bomb kills 2 at restaurant in the capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb killed at least two people at a restaurant in the Somali capital Saturday, a police official said.

A bomb in the car, which was parked outside a small restaurant in Mogadishu's Shibis district, was detonated by remote control as dozens of people were dining inside the restaurant, Ahmed Hassam said Saturday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but it bears the hallmarks of Somalia's Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab. Despite being ousted from Mogadishu and neighboring regions of Somalia, al-Shabab continues to launch guerrilla attacks across the Horn of Africa country.

Al-Shabab is fighting to oust the Mogadishu government and install a strict version of Shariah law. The al-Qaida-linked group has also attacked neighboring countries that have sent troops to the multinational African Union force that supports the Mogadishu government.