NAIROBI, Kenya -- The death toll has risen to at least 20 after a vehicle packed with explosives rammed into a popular restaurant in Somalia’s capital on Friday night, with 30 wounded, the government news agency reported Saturday.
The Somali National News Agency cited the Aamin ambulance service for the death toll.
Police spokesman Sadiq Ali Adan blamed the attack on the local al-Shabab extremist group, which is linked to al-Qaida and often targets Mogadishu with bombings. The Luul Yamani restaurant also was attacked last year.
Some houses near the restaurant collapsed after the dinnertime blast, and police said that caused a number of deaths.