MOGADISHU (TIP): At least seven people were killed in a bomb and gun attack on a beach restaurant in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, police said on August 25.Shabaab jihadists attacked the Banadir Beach Restaurant in Mogadishu on Thursday, setting off a car bomb before exchanging fire with security forces, an AFP correspondent said. Security forces said they killed two attackers and arrested another after a six-hour operation overnight.

The al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack through the website of their Andalus radio station. The Banadir Beach Restaurant near Lido beach is a popular eatery frequented by young people and Somali officials.

As in other recent Shabaab attacks, the violence began with the militants setting off a nearby car bomb before storming the building and engaging in a gunfight with security forces.