Police in Somalia’s capital said at least 20 people have been killed by gunmen who stormed into a popular seaside restaurant and took siege of the eatery.
The militant group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack at the Lido Beach View Hotel in Mogadishu.
Somali police officer Mohamed Abdirahman said Friday the assault was a “barbaric and brutal attack against innocent civilians.”
The assailants attacked the restaurant Thursday evening, setting off explosions and firing on guests.
A top Somali intelligence official told VOA’s Somali service that security forces flushed the militants from the building and captured the leader of the gunmen.