MOGADISHU – At least two people were killed and five wounded Thursday after a suicide bomber detonated a device inside a cafe in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.
The suicide bomber targeted a tea shop near a crowded junction in northern Mogadishu, which was reportedly frequented by members of the Somali security forces as well as civilians.
The al-Qaida-linked group Al-Shabab claimed the attack through their Shahada News Agency, according to the U.S. monitoring group SITE.
The early-evening attack, which sent debris flying outside, killed two members of the security forces and injured five people, said Mohamed Ali, a traffic policeman who was at the scene.
“Pieces of metal and destroyed plastic seats were strewn around the whole area,” said Abdukadir Sagaalle, who witnessed the aftermath.
Al-Shabab, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally backed government, regularly attacks government and civilian targets in Mogadishu.
Last month, the jihadists claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a crowded tea shop in Mogadishu that killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens.
The group controlled Somalia’s capital until 2011, when it was pushed out by African Union troops, but still holds territory in the countryside.