At least 17 dead as three auto bombs explode in Somalia

Blanche Robertson
November 10, 2018

The owner of Sahafi Hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu has been killed in bomb attacks - three years after his father died in a similar assault.

Twin auto bombs detonated in Mogadishu within moments of each other, followed by gunfire and a third blast a while later.

Guards at the Sahafi hotel and the adjacent CID office opened fire after two suicide auto bombs went off on Friday afternoon, A third explosion from a bomb placed in a three-wheeled "tuk-tuk" vehicle near the hotel also hit the busy street.

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

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

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Reports from online sources indicate that militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for Friday's triple bombing in Mogadishu.

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

"The street was crowded with people and cars, bodies were everywhere", said Hussein Nur, a shopkeeper who suffered light shrapnel injuries on his right hand.

"We targeted it because it acts as government base".

Abdiasisi Abu Musab, al Shabaab's spokesman for military operations, said the group had singled out the Sahafi for attack because of its association with the government the Islamists want to overthrow.

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