Bahrain Condemns Mogadishu Attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the terrorist explosion which occurred in the vicinity of the Presidential Palace in capital Mogadishu of the Federal Republic Somali killing and injuring a number of people.

The Ministry expressed its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured in this terrorist act speedy recovery.

It also affirmed the solidarity of the Kingdom of Bahrain with the Federal Republic of Somalia against violence, extremism and terrorism of all forms.

Four people were killed and nine wounded when a car bomb exploded near a restaurant in central Mogadishu yesterday, police said, as the Al-Shabaab jihadist group claimed responsibility.

The blast “was caused by a car loaded with explosives, we perceive that it was parked near a restaurant along the road,” Somali police official Ibrahim Mohamed said. The restaurant was near a security checkpoint in the Somali capital, not far from the presidential palace.

The road in which the blast occurred houses eateries and tea shops. “The explosion was very heavy, and we could see the smoke and dust overwhelmed the whole area, it was a car bomb,” said witness Ibrahim Farey. Another, Aisha Hassan, said several vehicles were destroyed and buildings damaged.

Al-Shabaab said it had planted the bomb, claiming in a statement that its “fighters targeted one of the checkpoints of the palace apostates.”

Source: The Daily Tribune