Africa

Somalia: At least 5 killed in bomb blast at a restaurant

  • Security forces and others inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, April 11, 2016. A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant packed with lunchtime customers, killing at least five people according to witnesses in the capital's Hamarweyne district, close to the municipal government headquarters and a busy commercial area. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Security forces and others inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, April 11, 2016. A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant packed with lunchtime customers, killing at least five people according to witnesses in the capital's Hamarweyne district, close to the municipal government headquarters and a busy commercial area. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Somalis carry away a dead body from the scene of a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, April 11, 2016. A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant packed with lunchtime customers, killing at least five people according to witnesses in the capital's Hamarweyne district, close to the municipal government headquarters and a busy commercial area. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somalis carry away a dead body from the scene of a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, April 11, 2016. A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant packed with lunchtime customers, killing at least five people according to witnesses in the capital's Hamarweyne district, close to the municipal government headquarters and a busy commercial area. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Security forces and others inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, April 11, 2016. A car bomb exploded on Monday outside restaurant packed with lunchtime customers in the Somali capital of Mogadishu killing at least five people, said witnesses. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Security forces and others inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, April 11, 2016. A car bomb exploded on Monday outside restaurant packed with lunchtime customers in the Somali capital of Mogadishu killing at least five people, said witnesses. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

A witness says a car bomb blast outside a restaurant in the Somali capital has killed at least five people.

Mohamed Mahdi said he saw five bloodied people lying outside the restaurant, which is located close to the local government's headquarters.

Another witness, shopkeeper Yusuf Ali, said the bombing targeted a busy area where there were many shoppers nearby.

The blast happened as the restaurant in Mogadishu's Hamarweyne district was packed with customers at lunchtime.