Dozens of people were also injured after the attacker targeted a teahouse in the Somali capital.
An Al-Shabab suicide bombing attack on a crowded teahouse in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Friday left 10 people dead and dozens injured.
The toll from the attack, which targeted the store near heavily guarded government institutions on Friday evening, was significantly higher than the four reported earlier.
“On the evening of July 2, a suicide bomber wearing a waistcoat detonated the device near the Juba hotel, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens,” the Ministry of Information said on Saturday. Culture and Tourism in a press release.
“The attack occurred during a busy hour where the victims were enjoying a local tea room,” he added, saying the “malicious” attack was carried out by al-Shabab – a group armed forces linked to al-Qaeda, which is fighting to overthrow the Somali government.
The group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.
AFP news agency reported that the attack took place a few hundred yards from the Somali intelligence agency headquarters at around 5:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. GMT).
“The cafe was packed when the explosion happened,” Witness Abdikarim Ali said.
Al-Shabab regularly attacks government and civilian targets in Mogadishu. The group controlled most of the capital until 2011, when it was driven out by Somali troops backed by African Union soldiers, but still holds territory in the countryside.