At least two people have been killed and two others injured in a car bomb explosion in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police officials say. The explosives-laden car exploded on Saturday in the parking area of a popular seafood restaurant in the city’s Lido area, said a local police officer Mohamed Hassan following the deadly incident. The explosion in the Lido Seafood restaurant also destroyed cars, Hassan added.
This comes after a car bomb attack in the country’s central region of Galkayo claimed the lives of at least five people, including the attacker on February 11.“There are at least five people dead, including the bomber,” said police officer Mohamed Abdullahi following the attack. Security sources say a senior police official from the northern state of Puntland was injured in the blast. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blasts, but officials put the blame on al-Shabab group who has carried out similar assaults in the past. In August 2012, the Federal Government of Somalia took over from the embattled Transitional Federal Government, which had failed to patch up warring armed groups and restore peace despite support from African and Western governments. The al-Shabab group has vowed to topple President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in September after being chosen by the country's new parliament. MAM/JR