Three dead in Somalia vehicle bombings

On Saturday, a suicide auto bomb was rammed into a hotel, Nasahablod Two, about 600 metres from the presidential palace, and then armed militants stormed the building, police said.

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".

Police Officer Ali Mohamed told Anadolu Agency over the phone that a vehicle bomb had targeted the Nasa-hablood hotel near the presidential palace; soon after another auto bomb exploded near the scene.

Other victims included a senior Somali police colonel, a former lawmaker and a former government minister.

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

Fighting continued to rage inside the hotel and police said the death toll was likely to rise.

Aamin Ambulance posted on Twitter it had transferred 15 people to hospitals and there were "many dead bodies".

A huge cloud of smoke rose over the scene and a Reuters witness saw over a dozen wrecked cars and bloodstains in front of the hotel.

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

Farmajo was scheduled to meet the presidents of the Somalia's five federal republics at the hotel later in the evening, he said.

Its sister hotel, the Nasahablod, was targeted by Al Shabab in a similar attack that killed 11 people in June past year.

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

"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.


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