Reuters quoted the ambulance service as saying that at least 20 people were killed in a car bomb explosion, which rocked the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Friday.
“We have so far removed 20 dead and 30 injured people from the site of the explosion,” Abdul Qadir Adan, the official at the Ameen Ambulance Service Corporation, told Reuters on Friday evening.
The attack took place outside a Yemeni restaurant near the port in Mogadishu late Friday, and eyewitnesses and official media reported that a shooting followed the explosion that covered the area with a cloud of smoke.
“A speeding car exploded at the restaurant. I was going to the restaurant, but I returned quickly when the explosion occurred and it covered the area with smoke,” Ahmed Abdullah, a resident of the area, told Reuters.
The official Mogadishu Radio stated that the explosion also resulted in property losses and that the police cordoned off the area.
No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.
The militant Islamist movement “Al-Shabab” carried out similar attacks in Somalia and other regions as part of its campaign to overthrow the government in the Horn of Africa country.