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Somali: 7 people killed by Al-Shabaab attack in Mogadishu beach restaurant

Mogadishu: On Friday, 7 people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a popular beachfront restaurant in the capital of Somali – Mogadishu.

Mogadishu city spokesman Abdifatah Halane told AFP that 9 people including two gunmen of Shabaab were killed in the attack.

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Shabaab jihadists attacked the Banadir Beach Restaurant close to the Lido Beach of the city.

The terrorists also threw hand grenades at the security personnel who cordoned off the area.The restaurant is popular with government officials and young people. During the gunfight,  at least 20 people managed to escape from the restaurant.

According to the Telegram messaging service that The terror outfit Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack claiming to have killed a dozen of people.

Seeking to impose an austere Islamic rule on the country, The Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu.

Regional police commander Colonel Abshir Bishaar told the Somali National News Agency that all the terrorists have been killed and the restaurant is now under control of the soldiers of Somalia Government.

Adding that two other civilians were injured, Bishaar said that the terrorist attack killed 9 persons, 2 of them were militants who carried out the attack, 5 of them were civilians, and two security forces.

In this year, It is the second time, the group has attacked the Lido beach area.

In January this year, the terrorists of Shabaab detonated a bomb before bursting into the Lido Sea Food Restaurant and started firing at terrified customers. In this attack, 20 people were lost their life.

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The terror outfit Shabaab is speculated to try to violently disrupt elections due to be held in September and October.

Despite abandoning the capital five years ago, Shabaab still launches regular attacks against foreign targets, civilian, military and government.

The jihadists have also staged repeated attacks in neighbouring Kenya and a recent security analysis warned that the group was expanding its horizons with cells active in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti as well as Somalia.

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