At least three people, including a child, killed in massive explosion in Somali capital claimed by al-Shabab.
At least three people, including a child, were killed on Saturday in a car bomb attack outside a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.
Armed group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on its radio station, saying it was targeting government forces who were inside the restaurant, according to the DPA news agency.
Abdifatah Halane, a spokesman for Banadir province, said that the explosion took place in Mogadishu's Beyhani district.
"Three civilians were killed and five others injured," he told the AFP news agency.
A police officer told DPA that non-government soldiers were
harmed in the attack, but a witnesss said all the dead and wounded were civilians.
The car, which was packed with explosives, was parked just outside the restaurant and produced a massive blast, witnesses told AFP.
"The explosion was enormous ... I saw several corpses, including one of a child," said witness Farhan Mohamed.