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Twin blasts rock Mogadishu, several feared killed

Twin blasts rock Mogadishu, several feared killed”

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

"About 14 people, majority civilians, were confirmed dead so far and the security forces are still working to ensure the area is clear", said security official Mohamed Moalim Adan.

Residents said emergency services were evacuating the wounded persons after suspected suicide bomber detonated Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) ouside the hotel. At least 358 people were killed and about 400 injured, with numerous victims burnt beyond recognition. One senior police official and a former MP were among the dead.

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".

Saturday's blasts came two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.

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.

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"We targeted ministers and security officials who were inside the hotel".

He said he saw at least three armed men in military uniforms running toward the hotel after the bombing at its gate.

Terror group Al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaeda, often targets high profile areas in the city.

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 US 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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