Twin blasts rock Mogadishu, several feared killed

Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu
Double car bombing strikes Mogadishu

29 October, 2017

A suicide vehicle bomber first drove into a hotel where President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was due to host a meeting on Saturday, following by a auto bombing near a former parliament building.

Following the blasts, witnesses reported hearing gunfire and said the entire area around the Nasa Hablod Hotel 2 had been sealed off by security forces to keep people away.

At least 10 people, including a former lawmaker and a police official were killed and more than eight others wounded in two suspected suicide auto blasts at a hotel in capital Mogadishu on Saturday evening, according to police.

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

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 reporter said ambulances transported bodies and wounded people from the scene.

A huge cloud of smoke rose over the hotel and there were more than a dozen wrecked cars outside.

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In a written statement, the ministry said on its website: "We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack". "We are fighting inside", said Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group's military operations spokesman.

Islamist group al-Shabab, responsible for scores of such attacks in the country's long civil war, said it carried out Saturday's bombings.

He said the hotel belonged to Somalia's internal security minister, Mohamed Abukar Islow.

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

Initial reports say at least 10 people were killed in the first explosion and 6 others were injured.

The twin attack came just two weeks after a massive truck bomb exploded in central Mogadishu, killing at least 358 people, making it the deadliest attack in the troubled country's history.

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