Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

Lucy Bush
October 29, 2017

At least six people were killed and eight others injured in a vehicle bombing outside the popular Nasahablod 2 Hotel in Mogadishu on Saturday.

Witnesses in some previous attacks have said al Shabab fighters disguised themselves by wearing military uniforms.

Speaking to The Associated Press by telephone from the scene, Capt. Mohamed Hussein said more than 20 people, including government officials, were thought to be trapped as security forces continued to battle the extremists holed up on the top floor.

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

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A taxi driver at the scene told AFP he saw four bodies being carried away, while another witness called Yusuf Moalim said a senior police official appeared to be among the victims, whose vehicle had been near the hotel entrance when the blast occurred.

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

He suffered small injuries on his shoulder and skull from flying glass.

Residents said emergency services were evacuating the wounded persons after suspected suicide bomber detonated Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) ouside the hotel.

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The Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group is fighting to topple Somalia's internationally-backed government and has carried out scores of such attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in the country.

"We can hear the gunfire but it is hard to know who is fighting, the forces cordoned off the building and no one can go close to it", said Abdulahi Nure. Security forces cordoned off the area.

U.S. military officials and others in recent months have expressed concern that Somali forces are not yet ready.

Saturday's explosions occurred two weeks after an enormous blast in Mogadishu that killed at least 358 people.

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