A suicide bomb blast killed at least 11 people on Tuesday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials said.
Eyewitnesses said the bomber broke into a tea shop, which is made of zinc, and detonated the explosive vest he was wearing inside the shop.
The attack took place near a checkpoint guarded by Somali government security forces in Wadajir district, which is next to Mogadishu airport and the headquarters of the African Union force known as AMISOM.
A number of soldiers and civilians were among the dead, according to a Somali government official who asked not to be identified because he was not allowed to speak to the media.
The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the “barbaric actions” of the al-Shabab group.
“I condemn today’s bombing by the al-Shabab terrorist (group) of a tea shop in Wadajir district, which resulted in a number of deaths and injured innocent people,” Roble wrote in a post on his social media.
“May God have mercy on the dead and heal the wounded.”
Roble said the attack demonstrated al-Shabab’s “thirst for the indiscriminate bloodshed of the Somali people.”
Thousands of Somali civilians have been killed in fighting involving al-Shabab since 2006. The group is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government. (mg/rs)