Pair of Car Bombs Rip Mogadishu

Trevor Jackson
October 29, 2017

"Security forces have entered a small portion of the hotel building. the exchange of gunfire is hellish", he said.

Ali Nur, another police officer, said 17 people, mostly policemen, had died in the blasts. No one has claimed responsibility for that attack.

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Mogadishu's Amin ambulance service, said 17 injured people had been carried away from the hotel blast.

He also faces the challenge of pulling together regional powers inside his long-fractured country, where the federal government is only now trying to assert itself beyond Mogadishu and other major cities.

A third blast occurred when an attacker detonated a suicide vest. Two of the five attackers were killed on the first floor, Mr. Hussein said.

Police say two bombs exploded in Somalia's capital, followed by what appears to be a gunbattle inside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace.

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Somali-based insurgent group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and said its fighters remain inside the hotel.

A huge cloud of smoke rose over the scene and a Reuters witness saw over a dozen wrecked cars and bloodstains in front of the hotel. The dead also included a former member of parliament, he said.

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Al-Shabab also claims that its fighters are inside the hotel, where gunfire can still be heard.

The devastating attack of October 14 left at least 358 people dead and more than 400 injured.

The Somali militant group Al Shabab said it carried out the bombings.

A suicide vehicle bomb was rammed into a popular hotel, Nasahablod Two, about 600 metres from the presidential palace, and then armed militants stormed the building, police said.

A Somali police officer says a suspected suicide vehicle bomb has detonated near the gate of a hotel close to the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

"The Mujahedeen fighters are inside Nasa Hablod 2 hotel where... apostate officials are staying", it said.

At least 10 people, including a former lawmaker and a police official were killed and more than eight others wounded in two suspected suicide vehicle blasts at a hotel in capital Mogadishu on Saturday evening, according to police, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. The violent group often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu.

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