At least 10 dead in hotel attack in Mogadishu

Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

At least three people were killed in twin vehicle bombings in the Somali capital on Saturday that were claimed by Shabaab Islamists, police and medics said.

Police officer Major Abdullahi Aden told Reuters the auto bomb said: 'They are fighting inside.

In the first attack, a suicide vehicle bomb rammed into the popular Nasahablod Two hotel, about 600 metres from the presidential place, before gunmen stormed the building.

Residents said there was a huge smoke billowing from the scene after a huge explosion followed with gunfire was heard outside the hotel.

The second vehicle bomb exploded near the former parliament building, and the extent of damage caused by the second explosion is not yet clear.

The suspected suicide bomber is believed to have detonated near the gate of the hotel close to the presidential palace at around 5pm local time. The dead also included a former member of parliament, he said.

A witness said a second explosion went off just when a truck tried to tow a small vehicle from the scene as rescue teams were trying to access the scene.




The United States under President Trump has made a renewed push to defeat the Shabab, Somali-based militants who have terrorized the country and East Africa for years, killing civilians across borders, worsening starvation and destabilizing a broad stretch of the region.

"We targeted ministers and security officials who were inside the hotel. We are fighting inside", said Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group's military operations spokesman.

Two more blasts were heard in the area, with one reported as a suicide bombing.

Its sister hotel, the Nasahablod, was targeted by Al Shabab in a similar attack that killed 11 people in June previous year.

Three of the five attackers were killed, Capt Hussein said.

The al-Shabab militant group has claimed responsibility.

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