Somali police announced more than 20 people killed as security forces end deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital. Terrorist gunmen of Al Shabaab (Al Shebab) group stormed a popular beachside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu Thursday (January 21), setting off two car bombs and battling government soldiers trying to flush them out.
Al Shabaab, a terrorist group which is aligned with al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Beach View Cafe on Mogadishu’s popular Lido beach.
Witnesses said al Shabaab terrorists set off the first car bomb at dusk. A huge second blast, which they said echoed around Mogadishu city centre, struck about an hour later as government soldiers laid siege to the restaurant.
Sound of gunfire could be heard inside the restaurant as government forces try to rescue those trapped.Al Shabaab says they have taken over the hotel.
Somali police announced more than 20 people killed as security forces end deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital.
Al Shabaab (Al Shebab) wants to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu and impose a strict version of Islamic law across Somalia, a nation racked by conflict since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.