Children killed in detonation of explosive device At least 27 people, including many children, have been killed in Somalia after an explosion from a left-behind explosive device. In Mogadishu, several people died after an attack on a high-end restaurant.
According to state media, the explosion occurred near the city of Qoryoley in southern Somalia. Up to 27 people, most of them children, were killed and 53 others were injured. Officials and local residents had previously reported 20 fatalities.
The deputy district chief, Abdi Ahmed, told reporters that the children were playing with the grenade when it detonated. "We're asking the government and aid organizations to clear mines and grenades from the area," Ahmed said.
Deaths reported after attack on high-end restaurant in Mogadishu In the capital city of Mogadishu, several people were killed in an attack on a high-end restaurant. Reuters reported six civilian deaths and ten injuries, while the AFP said that three security forces were also killed.
Eyewitnesses reported an explosion and shots fired at the popular Pearl Restaurant. The Al-Shabaab militant group, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after.