The attack included two car bombs and a raid by armed men who stormed a beachfront restaurant. The Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
"Whilst Lido Beach is not the safest area in Mogadishu, it is one of them. It is an area in growth. By attacking here, Al-Shabaab want to demonstrate strength" (extract of an English translation of the interview with NRK).