This report hints that a possible target was a hotel frequented by politicians, but al-Shabaab couldn’t care less who was caught in the crossfire. “Somalia: Al-Shabab bombs Mogadishu cafe,” from BBC News, February 8:
At least 10 people have been killed and more than 20 people injured when a car bomb exploded near a cafe in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police say.
A police commander told the BBC it was a suicide attack.
The vehicle was parked close to the Hotel Muna, often frequented by Somali politicians and itself the target of an attack by militants in August 2010.
The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the afternoon blast.
Wednesday’s attack is the latest of a series of suicide attacks staged by the Al-Qaeda-linked group in Mogadishu – after being pushed out last August by the Somali government and African Union troops.
The BBC’s Mohammed Dhore in Mogadishu says that seven people died at the scene, and three more after being taken to hospital.
Our correspondent says many of the injured have been hurt seriously.
He says people were drinking tea at a popular cafe in the heart of Mogadishu’s government district, when the bomb exploded.
“There was a heavy explosion, a car full of explosives was detonated,” MP Mohamed Iro told the AFP news agency….