Friday, 16 November, 2018

Somalia attack toll rises: 'Bodies were everywhere'

Somalian flag Somalia car bomb attack leaves at least 20 dead, police say
Pablo Mccormick | 10 November, 2018, 16:57

Twin auto bombs exploded in the capital within moments of each other, followed by gunfire and a third blast, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the sky, according to an AFP reporter.

Somali officials say 20 people died and dozens more were hurt in blasts claimed by Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

Guards at Hotel Sahafi and the CID headquarters opened fire following the first two blasts.

Tension is high in Somalia's Mogadishu after three bomb explosions were reported with heavy gunfire near the CID headquarters, at Sahafi Hotel.

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"We have confirmed 39 civilians died and 40 others were injured in yesterday's blasts", Mohamed Hussein, a police officer in the city told the Reuters news agency. A third blast hit the busy street near the hotel about 20 minutes later, according to witnesses.

"The death toll may rise because some people are still missing".

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP that "more than 10 people died, majority civilians and some security guards".

"Two other militants were suicide vehicle bombers who were blown up by their auto bombs".

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"The target of the attack was the Sahafi hotel and even though the attackers used auto bombs to make their way into the premises, the security forces stopped them", said Ahmed.

Sahafi Hotel owner Abdifatah Abdirashid was a renowned businessman who took over running the hotel from his father, Abdirashid Mohamed.

The dead body of an unidentified man is seen at the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, Nov. 9, 2018.

Al-Shabab said it targeted government officials staying at the hotel.

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