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    Somalia Car Bomb Kills 12

    Somali government soldiers look at the wreckage of a mangled car used by a suicide bomber at the scene of a bomb attack next to a tea shop in the suburbs of capital Mogadishu February 27, 2014.
    Somali government soldiers look at the wreckage of a mangled car used by a suicide bomber at the scene of a bomb attack next to a tea shop in the suburbs of capital Mogadishu February 27, 2014.
    Somali officials say at least 12 people died and a dozen others were wounded when a car bomb exploded at a restaurant near the headquarters of Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency in Mogadishu.

    The attack Thursday near the intelligence headquarters is one in a series of terror attacks targeting areas frequented by Somali government officials and forces.

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    Local commissioner Abdullahi Hussein Hassan, speaking to reporters on the scene, told reporters the attacker targeted diners in a restaurant.

    "They have attacked a restaurant full of people," he said.  "The attacker exploded the car in front of the restaurant and killed innocent people."

    Another local commissioner, Ali Hamari,  described the carnage at the scene. "We rushed to the scene of the explosion," he said. "We have carried some dead bodies and [people with] injuries, but when we went inside the restaurant, there were so many bodies it's hard for me to say who is a soldier or a civilian at the moment, since we kept taking bodies away.

    Responsibility

    The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting security forces.

    The group has previously warned civilians to avoid areas where Somali government forces and officials operate.

    Al-Shabab Timeline

    2006 - Launches insurgency to take control of Somalia and impose strict Islamic law
    2008 - U.S. declares al-Shabab a foreign terrorist organization
    2009 - Seizes control of parts of Mogadishu and the port city Kismayo
    2010 - Expands control across central and southern Somalia, carries out deadly bombing in Kampala, Uganda
    2011 - Blocks drought/famine aid from areas under its control
    2011 - East African leaders declare al-Shabab a regional threat; Ethiopian, Kenyan troops enter Somalia to pursue the group, which is driven out of Mogadishu
    2012 - Declares itself an al-Qaida ally, loses ground in Somalia, abandons strategic coastal stronghold Kismayo
    2013 - Attacks Mogadishu court complex, killing more than 30 and attacks mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 69 people
    2014 - Attack in Mogadishu kills more than 10 on New Year's Day
    In a statement to the media, Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed condemned Thursday’s attack, describing it as a betrayal of Islam and of peaceful Somali people.

    Al-Shabab once controlled most of Mogadishu, but was pushed out of the city by African Union and Somali government forces in 2011.

    The group still carries out periodic attacks in the city, including one last week when militants set off a car bomb at the presidential palace and stormed the compound with guns. At least 17 people were killed in the attack, although the president was not harmed.

    The recent attacks have brought renewed insecurity and concerns to residents in Mogadishu, which has enjoyed a relative peace during the past two years.

    The Somali government has vowed to stand strong against the militant group, with the goal of making streets in the capital safe and secure.

    • Police officers carry a body after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a cafe in Mogadishu, Feb. 27, 2014.
    • A police officer walks at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack next to a cafe in the suburbs of Mogadishu, Feb. 27, 2014.
    • Somali police move a dead body from the scene of a suicide car bomb attack next to a cafe in the suburbs of Mogadishu, Feb. 27, 2014.
    • Somali government soldiers drive past the scene of a suicide car bomb attack next to a cafe in the suburbs of Mogadishu, Feb. 27, 2014.

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