At least nine people were killed and several others were injured in an explosion outside a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia on Tuesday. A bomb was planted in a car parked outside the restaurant, according to police.
Security forces barricaded the affected area around the Banoda restaurant.
“There are at least three dead, and six others have been injured,” police officer Ahmed Warhere had first told the AFP.
“A vehicle loaded with explosives was parked outside the restaurant.”
Although no terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab Islamists seem to be the prime suspects, as they have been frequently carrying out attacks throughout Somalia aiming to overthrow the government.
UN envoy to Somalia Nick Kay says that the “killing needs to stop.”
Deadly terror attacks in Somalia have become a routine. Last Monday, a bomb planted in a U.N. van transporting UNICEF workers killed four U.N. staff and injured several.
Earlier this month, Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the massacre at Garissa University College in eastern Kenya, which killed 148 people, mostly students.