Al Shabaab jihadist group took responsibility Thursday for Wednesday’s suicide attack in a restaurant near Somalia’s presidential palace, in which at least three people died.
The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber outside the Blue Sky restaurant, which is near a security checkpoint that requires vehicles going to Villa Somalia, the presidential palace.
The group also made sure it would take control of the strategic city of Balad during clashes on Tuesday, reports SITE Intelligence Group, a facility specializing in surveillance of terrorist groups.
However, the Somali authorities claimed the fighting resulted in the deaths of one military man and fourteen jihadists, and stressed that the area was in the hands of the security forces.
Somalia is facing an increase in attacks by Al Shabaab – linked to the terrorist organization Al Qaeda – both in the capital and in other areas in the south of the country. In light of this, the United States has stepped up its bombing against the group.