Al-Shabaab suicide bomber attacks restaurant in Somalia

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The Shabab militant group in Somalia claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on Saturday that killed at least 13 people at a restaurant popular with Ethiopian and Somali troops in the town of Baladweyne in central Somalia.                                                                                                                                                                                         Militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack in the town of Beledweyne Saturday that left dozens wounded.
In a statement, the group said the main target for the bombing was troops from Ethiopia and Djibouti. The small restaurant is popular with foreign troops who are in Somalia to fight al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab said the blast killed more than 20 people, including 13 Ethopian troops.
The al-Qaida-linked militant group has launched a series of attacks that it says are retaliation for the presence of foreign troops in Somalia. The group claimed responsibility for a September siege at a mall in Kenya that killed at least 67 people.
The African-Union-led peacekeeping force AMISOM has pushed al-Shabab out of Somalia\’s major cities, although the group still controls parts of the countryside.
Somalia\’s Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saacid condemned the attack. He said the goal was to \”scare Somali people\” who were ready to decide their future. He said Somali\’s would \”not go back.\”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source  Agencies

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