(By Estera Popowska)
The death toll has hit 11 from a car bomb that exploded on Tuesday at the entrance of a restaurant called Badooda in the Somali capital Mogadishu. According to reports, the car was reportedly parked in front of the eatery, which attracts many customers during lunch time.
Press reports say the attack took place opposite Central Hotel, a top class joint that was attacked on February 20 with double explosions, including one detonated by a women suicide bomber. According to African Review, explosion at Central Hotel in Feburary caused the deaths of 28 people, including lawmakers and senior government officials.
The incident reportedly left 54 others injured, including Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arte. Although no group has claimed responsibility, the al-Qaeda linked jihadists Al-Shabaab are well known for carrying such attacks and have done so in recent weeks.
A source says Raadiyo Muqdisho, a Somali state run broadcaster, reported that many people in the restaurant were affected by the blast. In another incident , the Al-Shabaab on Monday attacked minibus carrying the staff of Unicef at Garowe town in Puntland, a semiautonomous state in Northeastern Somalia killing some 10 people including foreign UN workers (African Review/Agencies)