Al-Shabab attack on Somalian restaurant kills 31, injures 40

Jun 16, 2017, 06:41 IST | Agencies

The attack began with a car bomb explosion. PIC/AFP
The attack began with a car bomb explosion. PIC/AFP

Police say the death toll in an overnight attack by al-Shabab extremists on a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital has risen to 31. Capt Mohamed Hussein says many of the victims were killed at point-blank range after the attackers hunted them down.

Police say nearly 40 people were wounded in the assault that began when a car bomb exploded outside the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu. Security forces ended the siege yesterday morning after the extremist snipers fired on them. Hussein says all five attackers were killed. Fighting continued through the night.

Senior Somali police office Capt. Mohamed Hussein said at dawn yesterday that at least one attacker was firing on troops from inside the restaurant. The roofs were blown off the Pizza House restaurant and nearby buildings from the powerful blasts.

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