Al Shabaab militants attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, with gunmen raiding the building after setting off a car bomb, police and the insurgent group said.
Sporadic shooting could be heard as night fell, Reuters witnesses said.
It was not clear how many casualties there might be.
“A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there is exchange of gunfire. We have no other details so far,” police officer Major Ahmed Ibrahim told Reuters.
ISIS-linked al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said the group was responsible for the attack.
“We attacked the Banadir beach restaurant and now our fighters are fighting inside it,” he told Reuters.
Al Shabaab, has carried out a series of deadly attacks in Somalia to try to topple the Western-backed government.
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