A bomb blast near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least six people.
An official with the country’s emergency ambulance service confirmed the information to the BBC.
Amin Ambulance Service Director Abdikar Abdirahman said, “We have taken the bodies of six people and seven seriously injured people to the hospital.”
A Somali police commissioner and other high-ranking officials were present at the time of the attack on the Mogadishu restaurant. However, police officer Mohamed Ali confirmed that they were all safe.
A video posted on social media showed black smoke billowing from the restaurant after the bombing.
The militant group al-Shadab has claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the group told Reuters they had targeted politicians and security officials because of their apostasy.
The militant group al-Shadab, known as an ally of al-Qaeda, has previously carried out armed attacks in Mogadishu, claiming it was part of a war against the government.
The BBC reports that the restaurant, called The Pascatore, has become a favorite of seafood lovers since its recent launch on a beach south of Mogadishu. Government officials, as well as Somali security officials, were often seen at the restaurant.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a crowd of protesters, many of whom were still at large.
The BBC reports that the country’s lawmakers have taken a long time to start a new parliament. After taking the oath last week, they announced that they would elect a new leader soon. The political conflict in the country has been going on for a long time.
Meanwhile, seven people were seriously injured in a mortar attack on Somalia’s parliament on April 17.