At least 14 killed in blast outside Somali hotel

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, had earlier said 22 people were injured in the blast.

Two auto bombs in the Somali capital killed six people and injured at least five others on Sunday, witnesses said.

Early in the morning, a auto bomb went off at a security checkpoint in Siinka Dheer area, just outside the capital, killing the bomber and wounding several others.

"The toll could be higher", he added.

One of the vehicle bombs exploded at a key checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing four people and injuring at least four others, according to medical sources.

Ambulances rushed to the scene and evacuated the dead and wounded.

The AU mission said the officers including other security personnel were trained in places including Kismayo, Baidoa, Beletweyne, with the most recent being in Adado in central Somalia.

Mogadishu is often a target of attacks by the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

In February twin auto bombings left 38 people dead in Mogadishu.

On Thursday, at least 14 people were killed and more than six others wounded in a suicide attack in Mogadishu; al-Shabaab had claimed responsibility for the attack.

The U.S. military, which has stepped up efforts against al-Shabab in the past year with dozens of drone strikes, has said Somali forces are not yet ready.

Three civilian bystanders were also killed, as well as the bomber.

East African leaders contributing to the AMISOM force last month called for the United Nations to reconsider plans to withdraw troops by December 2020, saying the timeline was unrealistic and could lead to a reversal of gains.


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