At least five people were killed and nine others injured Thursday in a car bomb blast outside a restaurant in Mogadishu, near Somalia’s presidential palace.
Casualty totals come from security officials and the owner of the Dalsan restaurant, where the explosion occurred. The owner told VOA’s Somali service the blast came from an “explosives-laden car” parked on the street.
The restaurant is frequented by government soldiers who control one of the security checkpoints for the presidential palace, located about half a kilometer away from the blast scene.
“We have taken nine injured people [to hospitals], some of them in critical condition,” Amin Ambulance, the city’s only emergency medical responders, told VOA.