“I saw with my own eyes bodies of five girls on the ground. Posh Treats restaurant was also destroyed by the blast. I ran away from their” an eyewitness said.
“I saw several people lying on the ground,” said Yusuf Warsame, a freelance photojournalist who went to the scene. “I personally counted the dead bodies of six people, including a young woman.”
“Blood splattered across my clothes, and I had a piece of flesh on me, a people sitting around me were either dead or wounded,” said Yare, a customer of Pizza House.“There was blood everywhere, bodies everywhere in and outside of the restaurant,” Yare added.
” i heard a large explosion and found myself under a table… a girl next to me was dead,”
Among them are foreigners from Kenya and Ethiopia who were employees at Posh Treats, according to Hassan.
“A mujahid (fighter) with his suicide car bomb martyred himself after he rammed into Posh Hotel, which is a nightclub. The operation goes on,” said Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s military spokesman.
The group, which is seeking to establish an Islamist state in Somalia, is affiliated with the international al-Qaeda terrorist network.
Al-Shabaab regularly launches attacks on government buildings, hotels and restaurants in Somalia.
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