Suicide bomber detonates bomb outside popular Somalian restaurant

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

Suicide bomber detonates bomb outside popular Somalian restaurant

A hostage situation was under way at the Pizza House restaurant, said Captain Mohamed Hussein.

Mr 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 Centre for Strategic Studies.

PA

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