Death toll hits 20 in Somalia car bomb attack

Xinhua
October 13,2014

MOGADISHU,The death toll from a car bomb attack near a popular cafe in Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday evening has climbed to 20, local officials said Monday.

The cafe, Oroma Cafe, is along the main Maka Al Mukarrama Street that leads from the airport to the State House in Mogadishu, and was packed when the explosion happened.

This comes as Somali government forces backed by African Union peacekeeping forces continue a major offensive against Al-Qaida linked militants, and have reclaimed key towns and villages from fighters of the radical group, including the main port town of Barawe, south of Mogadishu.

The Somali government vowed that its forces will continue the onslaught on the militant hideouts.

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