Wednesday September 15, 2021
Through its media affiliates, Al-Shabaab said that it targeted the cafe due to its customer base.
Mogadishu (HOL) - Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a cafe in Mogadishu's Wadajir neighbourhood on Tuesday that targeted security officials. The group provided no evidence to support the claim, but Somali security officials have said it was likely behind the atrocity.
According to local police and witnesses, a lone suicide bomber entered the tea shop frequented by security officials and blew himself up. The cafe was a stone's throw away from the General Dhagabadan military training facility.
Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble quickly condemned the "indiscriminate" terrorist attack.
"This barbaric act shows how al-Shabaab terrorists are thirsty for the indiscriminate bloodshed of the Somali people, forcing us to cooperate in fighting terrorism," Roble said.
Al-Shabaab has been waging a deadly insurgency against Somalia's internationally-backed government for over a decade.