At least 18 killed in Mogadishu restaurant attack: Govt

Armed security forces and rescue personnel at the scene of an attack outside an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia on June 14, 2017.
Armed security forces and rescue personnel at the scene of an attack outside an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia on June 14, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

MOGADISHU (AFP) - A suicide car bombing and assault by Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu ended Thursday (June 15) morning with 18 dead, a government spokesman said.

"The operation is over now and the gunmen were killed by the security forces," said Mohamed Ahmed Arab, spokesman for Somalia's security ministry.

"They have attacked business places and killed innocent civilians: 18 civilians were killed, including a Syrian national, and more than 10 others were wounded," he said.