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Blasts Rock Mogadishu Restaurant

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Two explosions rocked a restaurant in Somalia's capital Friday, killing at least one person and wounding at least seven others.

A local journalist said in an interview with VOA's Somali Service the explosions occurred at a popular eating spot on Mogadishu's Lido beach called Indian Ocean.
She said an explosion at the entrance was followed by another blast set off by a suicide bomber.

Police say it appears the bomber was the lone fatality.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility. 

Mogadishu has been slowly returning to normal since the militant group al-Shabab was largely driven out of the city in 2011. However, militants still carry out periodic suicide attacks and kidnappings.

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