A Somali policeman walks at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack next to a tea shop in the suburbs of capital Mogadishu February 27, 2014. Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for a car bombing on Thursday that police said killed at least 10 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu and threatened more attacks (CREDIT: REUTERS/FEISAL OMAR).
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for Thursday’s deadly suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu.
In a statement posted on the group’s twitter page, Al shabab said that the attack had targeted security personnel who were sitting in the tea shop.
“Today's blast was part of our operations in Mogadishu and we shall continue,” said Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman.
Police said at least 10 people died at the tea shop. Some government soldiers were also confirmed to have been killed in Thursday’s suicide attack in Mogadishu.
In the aftermath of Friday’s attack on Presidential Palace, Al Shabab said they will intensify their targeted attacks against the Somali government, the AU peacekeepers and Turkish institutions in the country.
Thursday’s deadly attack on a Somali restaurant in Mogadishu comes days after Somali President Hassan Sheik Mahmoud announced that his administration was intending to make reforms in the country’s security services as part of the preparations for a major offensive against Al Shabaab.