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Published on : Saturday, January 23, 2016
The al Shabaab which is aligned with the al Qaeda engaged in a gun battle with the government troops. They also set out two car bombs in the Lido beach at the popular Beach View cafe on Mogadishu.
The gun battle was carried on for a long time. The government forces rescued several diners in the restaurant. Four gunmen were killed and one was captured alive.
After the first car bomb set off another blast could be heard around the city centre.
The militant group is known to target hotels and restaurants and topple Western-backed establishments and spread Islamic law across Somalia.
The prime minister of Somalia has urged the public to remain calm as he felt that the military group was making desperate moves as the group was facing annihilation. He also said that the attackers will have no effect on the commitment of his government. Al Shabaab has recently routed an African base near Kenya killing more than 100 Kenyan soldiers.