Published On: Thu, May 19th, 2016

Somalia: Suicide bomber blows himself up in cafe, 8 injured

Somalia: Suicide bomber blows himself up in cafe, 8 injured

Soldiers inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack targeting a lunch time crowd at a restaurant in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu April 21, 2015. REUTERS

One person died and eight other people were left injured after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a Mogadishu packed café on Thursday evening, officials and eyewitnesses confirm.

Most of the victims were civilians who were at the cafe having their usual evening tea.

Ahmadey Safi, an eyewitness, said a young man on a motorcycle had entered the coffee shop located at a popular conjunction before blowing himself up.

‘’He was a young boy around 16 years old. He approached the people sitting at the coffee shop and blew himself up immediately,’’ said a Police spokesman.

Local media outlets have reported that the suicide bomber’s father who was recognized by security officials, has been arrested along with his brother.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts but suspicion will likely fall on the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate which has carried out a campaign of suicide bombings since African Union forces forced it to withdraw from the city in 2011.

In most of the attacks carried out by the militants in Mogadishu, the casualties of the civilians are higher than the government officials.

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