Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

Laura Christensen
October 29, 2017

Ali Nur, a police officer, said 17 people, mostly policemen, had died in the blasts. The dead also included a former politician, he said.

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

Mohamed Ahmed, a tuk-tuk driver, who was driving by the Nasa-Hablod hotel at the time of the attack, said he "saw a auto exploding at the gate of the hotel".

"No one expected them to carry out attacks just two weeks to the day they launched Somalia's deadliest attack, in which more than 358 people were killed", Adow added.

Mohamed Dek Haji said he survived the bombing as he walked beside a parked vehicle that was largely destroyed by the explosion. He suffered small injuries on his shoulder and head from flying glass.

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

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Da Gloria Martins says the assailant attacked six people at different locations in the area but only four of them were wounded. Writing on Twitter , Munich Police said: 'We are searching for the perpetrator of the attack with all available police'.

Witnesses said gunmen are fighting inside.

Security officials said Saturday's bomber had pretended his truck had broken down outside the gate.

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.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has been appealing to neighbouring countries in a bid to drum up support in the fight against the Islamic extremist terror cult.

The Shabaab lost their foothold in Mogadishu in 2011 but have continued their battle to overthrow the Somali government, launching regular attacks on military, government and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere. Security forces cordoned off the area.

The U.S. military also has stepped up military efforts against al-Shabab this year in Somalia, carrying out almost 20 drone strikes, as the global war on extremism moves deeper into the African continent.

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