Somalia’s Islamist Shabab militants killed at least 19 people when five gunmen detonated a bomb before storming a popular seaside restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, police said on Friday. “They killed nearly 20 people, including women and children,” Somali police officer Mohammed Abdirahman said, describing it as a “barbaric and brutal attack against innocent civilians.” The Lido Beach area in Mogadishu is busy with restaurants. After a huge explosion, gunmen burst into the restaurant on Thursday evening as diners were sitting down for their evening meal. The Al-Qaeda linked Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, in which four of their gunmen were also killed, and one captured. “The Mujahideen fighters targeted the Lido beach,” the militants said on the group’s Radio Andalus, calling it a “major operation against the enemy of Allah.” Eye witness Abdirahman Halane described the attack: “The gunmen entered the popular Lido Sea Food Restaurant from the back door and started shooting. A few minutes later there was a heavy explosion at the front gate while people were trying to escape,” Halane said. The Shabab, who are fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, carry out regular attacks in the capital.