Two members of the security forces were killed in the explosion and five others were injured. Al-Shabaab claimed that the explosion occurred.

Police and witnesses said a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a cafe in the Somalia capital Mogadishu, killing at least two people and injuring five others.

Thursday’s bombing hit a tea shop near a crowded intersection in northern Mogadishu, which was reportedly frequented by members of the Somali security forces and civilians.

Mohamed Ali, a traffic policeman at the scene, said that the early evening attack caused debris to fly outside, killing two members of the security forces and injuring five others.

“The whole area was littered with metal fragments and destroyed plastic seats,” said the witness Abdukadir Sagaalle (Abdukadir Sagaalle).

The Al-Shabaab is an organization linked to al-Qaeda, which aims to overthrow the Somali government, which is supported by the international community, and claims to be responsible for the attack.

Last month, the armed group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in a crowded teahouse in Mogadishu, which killed at least 10 people and injured dozens of others.

The organization controlled most of the capital of Somalia until it was expelled by the Somali army backed by African Union soldiers in 2011, but it still has territory in the countryside.

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