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Six people killed in blast at restaurant in Somalia's capital - ambulance official

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - FEBRUARY 16: A view from one of the scenes after at least five people, including two civilians, were killed and more than 16 others wounded in a series of overnight bombings in the Somali capital Mogadishu on February 16, 2022. Al-Shabaab terrorist group claims responsibility for series of attacks targeting security forces across Mogadishu suburbs. ( Abukar Mohamed Muhidiin - Anadolu Agency )
A view from one of the scenes after at least five people, including two civilians, were killed and more than 16 others wounded in a series of overnight bombings in the Somali capital Mogadishu on February 16, 2022 [Abukar Mohamed Muhidiin - Anadolu Agency]

Six people were killed on Friday by a blast at a seaside restaurant in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, an ambulance service official told Reuters.

"So far we have carried six dead civilians and seven others injured," Abdikadir Abdirahman, Director of Aamin Ambulance Service said.

It was not clear who carried out the bombing but Somalia's Islamist group, Al-Shabaab, frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and elsewhere as part of its war against the Horn of Africa country's central government.

The group has been fighting for years to topple the central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islam's sharia law.

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The Pescatore Seafood Restaurant, which opened recently in Lido Beach in Mogadishu's south, was frequented by security and government officials.

It was unclear if there were any high ranking officials or security personnel among the dead or injured.

Last week, hundreds of Somali lawmakers were finally sworn into office, paving the way for them to pick the country's new leader, a process that has been delayed for months amid a power struggle between the current President and the Prime Minister.

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