World Suicide car bomber detonates outside Somalia restaurant

21:06  14 june  2017
21:06  14 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden A car bomb outside a restaurant in the capital in April killed at least five. The African Union force faces shrinking resources after the European Union recently cut its funding to the AU mission in Somalia by 20 percent.

The car bomber detonated the bomb as security forces were searching cars at the checkpoint in Somalia 's capital of Mogadishu, outside the main African Earlier this year, a Somali general and seven of his bodyguards were killed by an Al-Shabab suicide bomb car attack in Mogadishu.

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital, and gunmen were fighting their way inside, police said Wednesday night.

A hostage situation was under way at the Pizza House restaurant, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. Many of the restaurant's workers are foreigners, mostly from Ethiopia.

Hussein had no immediate information about any casualties.

The Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu, including hotels, military checkpoints and areas near the presidential palace. It has vowed to step up attacks after the recently elected government launched a new military offensive against it.

Al-Shabab last year became the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa, with more than 4,200 people killed in 2016, according to the Washington-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

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This version corrects the name of the restaurant to Pizza House.

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