At least 10 killed in Mogadishu blasts

10 November, 2018, 21:41 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Somalis carry away an injured civilian who was wounded in a bomb blast near the Sahafi hotel in the capital Mogadishu Somalia

At least 17 people were killed after blasts struck a popular hotel and the police headquarters in Somalia's capital, Reuters reported on Friday.

Twin vehicle bombs exploded in the capital within moments of each other, followed by gunfire and a third blast, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the sky, according to an AFP reporter.

The police said that guards at Hotel Sahafi and CID officers opened fire after the blasts. "The death toll is sure to rise".

The armed group was forced out of the capital and other major urban areas by Somali and African Union multinational forces in 2011, but continues to carry out deadly bombings and attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

Somali security officials who responded to the attack say four militants entered the hotel and went to the roof, firing on people down below. "Government officials and security forces are always in the hotel", he told Reuters.

Abdulkadir Abdirahman, director of Mogadishu's Aamin ambulance service, earlier said his team had recovered 10 bodies and 40 wounded.


Former Somali lawmaker Abdi Barre Jibril said most of the people killed were passersby or passengers in buses or rickshaws.

"Most of these people were civilians and almost 20 of them died in minibuses that were passing by the road when the blast occurred", he added.

A witness told Voice of America the front of the hotel building was destroyed in the attack.

The militant Islamist group al Shabaab, linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Hotel Sahafi, which is near the headquarters of Somalia's Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

But they still control parts of the countryside and attack government, military and civilian targets, seemingly at will, in Mogadishu and regional towns.

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