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Somalia: Blast on beachfront restaurant kills 1

  • Associated Press
  • February 16, 2013 - 8:19 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia - A Somali police officer says a car bomb detonated by remote control has killed one person and wounded two others in Somalia's capital.

Mohamed Hassan said Saturday the explosion took place in the parking area of a popular beachfront restaurant in the Lido area of Mogadishu frequented by Somali officials and city residents. The restaurant called Lido Seafood was opened last year following the ouster of al-Qaida-linked militants from the seaside capital.

Hassan says the blast also destroyed cars. The attack was likely carried out by al-Shabab, a group of Islamic extremist rebels who have been fighting the Somali government for nearly six years. Africa Union forces pushed the al-Qaida-affiliated group out of Mogadishu in August 2011 but the rebels continue to carry out attacks in the capital.

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