January 2016 Mogadishu attack

An attack occurred on 21 January 2016 in Mogadishu, Somalia. Al-Shabaab drove a suicide car bomb at the gate of the Beach View Café, a seafood restaurant overlooking the city's Lido Beach.[1][2][3] Another blast struck about an hour later as government soldiers laid siege to the restaurant. After the blasts, militants entered the building, some of them by boat, and attacked civilians within. About 20 people were killed and 17 others wounded. Several perpetrators were also killed and one was arrested.[1][4]

January 2016 Mogadishu attack
Part of Somali Civil War (2009–present)
LocationMogadishu, Somalia
Date21 January 2016 (UTC+03:00)
Attack type
Suicide car bombing
Mass shooting
WeaponsCar bomb, AK-47 rifles
DeathsAbout 20
Injured17[citation needed]

Al-Qaeda linked group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility, saying the attackers used AK-47s and suicide vests.[4][1][5][6] The attack occurred six days after al-Shabaab attacked a Kenyan-run AMISOM base in El Adde, Gedo.

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  1. ^ a b c "Somalia hotel attack: Terrorists kill at least 20 people in Mogadishu". CNN. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Al-Shabab storms beachside restaurant in Somali capital".
  3. ^ "Mogadishu beach attack: At least 20 dead as Somali forces end siege". TheGuardian.com. 22 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Islamist gunmen kill 17 in Somalia beach restaurant attack". Reuters. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Gunmen attack beach restaurant in Mogadishu". Independent.co.uk. 22 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Somalia: Al-Shabaab storm restaurant beach resort killing civilians and detonating 2 car bombs". 21 January 2016.