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Explosions kill 15 at popular Mogadishu restaurant

Sept. 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM   |   Comments

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- At least 15 people were killed Saturday in two explosions at a popular restaurant near the parliament in the Somalian capital Mogadishu, officials said.

A car bomb detonated outside The Village blew much of the roof off the building, the BBC reported.

A suicide bomber then mingled among the crowd that gathered and set off an explosive vest, local reports said.

Shabelle Media Network, based in Mogadishu, said the second blast -- which the agency reported as another car bomb -- targeted security forces attempting to secure the area and assist the injured.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

The restaurant, about a half mile from the parliament, is outside the city's security zone. It also was targeted in September 2012 by two suicide bombers who killed 14 people.

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