At least 10 dead in hotel attack in Mogadishu

Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

And the Nasa-Hablod hotel was targeted just past year, when al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the building, killing at least 14 people and injuring another 25.

Following the blasts yesterday, witnesses reported hearing gunfire at the Nasa Hablod Hotel 2 which was sealed off by security forces with gunmen believed to be inside. Two more blasts were heard in the area, with one reported as a suicide bombing.

Police said earlier a suicide auto bomb had been rammed into a hotel and a former government building had been attacked.

According to Somali national news agency (SONNA), former MP Abdinasir Garane and former police commissioner of Daynile district Mohamed Yusuf were among the dead.

Al-Shabab, Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group, quickly claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack and said its fighters were inside the hotel.

"I think they were al-Shabab fighters who were trying to storm the hotel", he said, lying on a hospital bed.


"Most people fled the hotel through a back door but some are still trapped inside", said Mohamed Dek, who was escaped the hotel after the initial explosion.

Police Colonel Mohamed Abdullahi says the bomber stopped outside the heavily fortified hotel and pretended to fix the vehicle before finally turning it around and detonating.

It has not commented on the massive attack two weeks ago; experts have said the death toll was so high that the group hesitated to further anger Somali citizens as its pursues its insurgency.

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.

The Somali government blamed the October 14 blast on al-Shabab, but no group has claimed responsibility. Security forces cordoned off the area.

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