Mortar attack kills 3 civilians in Somalia's capital

A auto bomb rammed into a cafe in Somalia's capital Mogadishu near compounds housing government ministries on Wednesday, killing seven people.

Al-Shabab has denounced new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed as an "apostate" and warned Somalis against supporting him. General Mohamed Ahmed Jimale alias Irfid was appointed commander of the Somali National Army.

A vehicle bomb has exploded at a restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu close to two government ministries, according to witnesses and reports.

No group claimed responsibility for the explosion, however, the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab often carries out such attacks. "We shall welcome them with open arms".

A senior Al-Shabaab militant surrendered to Somalia government on Thursday in Jowhar town, a government official said.

Al-Shabab has vowed to wage war on the new administration and has already carried out several deadly attacks since President Farmajo came to office. "We want to strengthen efforts to fight anyone who tries to disrupt the security situation in the country", he said.

The extremist group is just one of the challenges facing the new Somali government, which is still struggling to expand its authority beyond the capital and other selected areas. Ali has held the position in the past.

FILE - African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops ride an armored vehicle past a burning auto after it exploded in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, Dec. 6, 2011.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, speaking days after U.S. President Donald Trump's administration granted the U.S. military broader authority to carry out air strikes in Somalia, said tackling the al Shabaab insurgency was his top priority.

Police said the blast took place near the compounds housing the security and sports ministries.

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