Suicide bomber kills a number of in Mogadishu ice-cream parlour | Somalia

According to the police, at least seven people were killed and ten others injured in the attack.

A suicide bomber blew himself up in an ice cream parlor in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing seven people, a police officer said.

Ten others were injured in the attack on Friday, said senior police officer Mohamed Dahir. The death toll could rise if the seriously injured were taken to nearby hospitals, he added.

Gelato Divino restaurant is located near K4 Junction in the heart of Mogadishu, near the international airport.

This latest attack came days after the deaths of five people in Mogadishu on November 17 after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant near a police academy.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for Friday’s explosion, but al-Shabab armed group, allied with al-Qaeda, carry out frequent bombings in the capital and elsewhere, including the November 17 attack.

Thousands of people have died in fighting between the armed group and Somali government forces over the past 30 years.

In August, 10 civilians and a police officer were killed in an al-Shabab bombing raid on an upscale beach hotel in the capital.

That same month, four al-Shabab fighters were killed in an encounter with security forces in Mogadishu Central Prison after somehow getting their hands on weapons at the facility.

At least seven people were killed in a separate attack in August when a car bomb exploded on a military base in Mogadishu where members of the Somali National Army (SNA) were stationed.

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