Militants kill at least 17 in attack on Somali beachfront restaurant

Militants kill at least 17 in attack on Somali beachfront restaurant
Al-Shabab (Image: Council on Foreign Relations)

In Mogadishu, Somali security forces have ended a siege at a restaurant where gunmen had taken refuge after firing on diners and passers-by late Thursday. The attack left at least 17 people dead, the government says. The militant Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

NPR’s Gregory Warner reports:

“Police say the attack began at dusk with a car bomb at a popular restaurant on Lido Beach in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

“Thursday evening is the start of the weekend in Somalia. The restaurants and beach were packed with people. A wedding party was in progress.

“Gunmen holed up in the restaurant as hundreds were trapped inside. A second car bomb went off an hour later after government soldiers had swarmed the scene.

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