Somali coffee shop hit by explosion

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A suicide bomber blew himself up at popular restaurant in Dhusamareb town in central Somalia, day after 33 people were killed in deadly siege of hotel in south of Somalia.

The explosion went off on Sunday when a man wearing suicide vest detonated a restaurant popular with Galmudug police officers, leaving five soldiers wounded, a witness said.

He says the bomber had only died in the attack.

The victims were taken into hospital for medical treatment.

Somali police in the town also foiled second bomb attack, shortly after the first explosion, according to policeman Hussein Mohamud Mohamed.

He says police had foiled a second attack, adding that the first explosion had injured five people, including restaurant’s owner.

Somali armed group al Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for Sunday’s explosion.

The group says it had killed scores of soldiers in the bomb attack.

The attack comes a day after the group killed 33 people, including prominent figures in bomb and gun attack on hotel in Kismayo, some 500km south of the capital, Mogadishu.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: