A soldier keeps his eye on Lido beach in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Representative image) Photograph: (Getty)
The jihadist group set off a bomb, raided an upscale restaurant before engaging in an intense gunfight with the country's security forces
A group of armed men detonated a car bomb before storming a popular seafront restaurant in Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday.
Eight people have been killed in the attack. The casualties comprised six civilians and two members of the security force. Two attackers were killed as well.
Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the attack through the website of their radio station.
The attack is yet to abate till late late into the night as sporadic shots could be heard from the site of the attack.
Local media reports state that around 20 members of the public managed to escape the siege with the help of Somali security forces.
The attack took place in the popular eatery called Banadir Beach Restaurant near Lido beach.
If Al-Shabaab's claims are true, this will be the second time this year the terror organisation has struck the upmarket Lido beach and its eateries.
In late January, armed Al-Shabaab men had set off a bomb before storming another restaurant. They opened fire at defenceless people, killing 20 of them.
(WION with inputs from agencies)