Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Al Shabaab claims auto bomb attack in Somalia, 17 dead

Al Shabaab claims auto bomb attack in Somalia, 17 dead

Three auto bombs exploded outside a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

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

Guards at Hotel Sahafi and CID officers opened fire after the blasts, police added. A third explosion took place on the street minutes later, Reuters reported.

Friday´s attack was the latest in a wave of bombings by Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate which has been fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed Somali government for over a decade.

Fifty-two Somali officials were rescued from the Sahafi Hotel and the Hayat Hotel, he said.

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Mohamed Abshir from Amin ambulance service told Efe that 14 people were killed, while the ambulance service said on Twitter that it had transported 45 injured people to hospitals.

"I've pulled many dead bodies from the cars", said Mohamed Aden, a witness of the attack.

According to sources, the fatalities included the son of the owner of the hotel, Abdirashid Ilqeyte, who was killed in a Shabaab attack on the establishment in November 2015. The blasts appeared to be suicide bombs that detonated near the perimeter wall of the hotel. This increased the casualties.

"Two martyrdom operations and a special forces attack on the Sahafi hotel in the center of Mogadishu, where government officers and officials reside, which was adopted by Shabaab", the group's short statement reads. These Shabaab assaults have forced African Union troops to withdraw from several cities and towns in southern Somalia.

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