A bomb blast near a restaurant in Somalia has killed at least six people

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.

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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.

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