Double vehicle bombing strikes Mogadishu

Double vehicle bombing strikes Mogadishu

The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab claimed Saturday's bombings in a statement on its Andalus radio station, saying its fighters had forced their way into the hotel.

Security forces cordoned off the area. A few minutes later a auto bomb exploded near the former parliament house nearby.

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Mogadishu's Amin ambulance service, said 17 injured people had been carried away from the hotel blast.

"We targeted ministers and security officials who were inside the hotel".

Police Colonel Mohamed Abdullahi says the bomber stopped outside the heavily fortified hotel and pretended to fix the vehicle before finally turning it around and detonating.

Nasa-hablood hotel is located near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

The Somali capital Mogadishu was struck by twin auto bombings claimed by Al Shabab on Saturday, the first major attack in city since a lorry bombing two weeks ago that left more than 350 dead.

The blast comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.

More news: Texans owner Bob McNair apologizes to his players for calling them 'inmates'

"A auto loaded with explosives went off at the entrance of Nasa Hablod Hotel and there is gunfire", police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP, saying there was also "a minibus loaded with explosives which went off a nearby intersection".

Police say the death toll in a suicide vehicle bombing outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital has risen to 13, with more than 16 people wounded.

Captain Mohamed Hussein said gunfire could still be heard inside the Nasahablod hotel, which is close to the presidential palace and is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.

The Somali militant group Al Shabab said it carried out the bombings. At least 358 people were killed and about 400 injured, with numerous victims burnt beyond recognition.

The second vehicle-borne bomb blast occurred at the ex-parliament house where there were military forces present, another police officer said.

Twin vehicle bombs exploded outside a hotel in Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people in Somalia's capital Saturday, local officials said.

The Somali government blamed the October 14 blast on al-Shabab, but no group has claimed responsibility. The violent group often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu.

Related Articles

  • Amazon's Bezos world's richest, again

    Amazon's Bezos world's richest, again

    However, Bill Gates remained at the top position thanks to a 7 per cent spike in Microsoft's stock overnight. The spike in the company's stock was boosted by a strong third-quarter report that beat expectations.
    Tillerson's visit to India highlights emerging Indo-US ties

    Tillerson's visit to India highlights emerging Indo-US ties

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson , saying his country had "produced results" fighting the region's Islamist militants. Tillerson said the message to Pakistan was: "Here's what we need for Pakistan to do".
    Samsung launches Galaxy Tab A (2017) in United States  for $230

    Samsung launches Galaxy Tab A (2017) in United States for $230

    While the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta sits in limbo, Samsung is clearly working on its Android 8.0 Oreo update behind the scenes. The smartphones will join many others, which will receive updates either by end-2017, or the start of 2018.
  • Marijuana users have more sex

    Marijuana users have more sex

    The data Eisenberg and his team used comes from a large Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of Americans age 15-49. We all know the risks associated with marijuana use - dependency, impaired driving, decreased academic performance, etc.
    WhatsApp rolling out

    WhatsApp rolling out "Delete for Everyone" Feature To Android, iOS users

    And thanks to WhatsApp's new update, you'll soon be able delete that embarrassing message you sent after a pint too many. The new feature was one of the most requested ones from WhatsApp users and is bound to make their lives easier.
    Microsoft Crosses $80 On Top- And Bottom-Line Q1 Beat

    Microsoft Crosses $80 On Top- And Bottom-Line Q1 Beat

    Revenues in More Personal Computing segment, which includes Windows operating system, was relatively unchanged at $9.4 billion. In the previous quarter , Microsoft said its run rate exceeded $18.9 billion and that Azure revenue growth was 97 percent.
  • Paul Newman's Rolex Sold For $17,8 Million

    Paul Newman's Rolex Sold For $17,8 Million

    The vintage watch with an art deco-inspired dial was given to Newman by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward . The couple dated for almost a decade after first meeting in college.
    Body Found in Wooded Area Confirmed to be Missing Woman Theresa Lockhart

    Body Found in Wooded Area Confirmed to be Missing Woman Theresa Lockhart

    Theresa Lockhart was last seen May 18 and her husband was the main person of interest in the investigation of her disappearance. His death came five months after the disappearance of his wife and he became the prime suspect in her likely homicide.

    Independent Franchise Partners LLP Grows Position in Time Warner Inc. (TWX)

    York Capital Management Global Advisors Llc increased Time Warner Inc ( TWX ) stake by 65.54% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Johnson Gp Inc has 0.06% invested in Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX ). 2,721,208 shares of the company's stock traded hands.
  • Free Games with Gold for November 2017

    Free Games with Gold for November 2017

    The first will be available for Xbox One owners while the second will be available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. Microsoft has announced the free games that Xbox Live Gold members can get for the month of November 2017.
    Australia Deputy PM loses seat over citizenship

    Australia Deputy PM loses seat over citizenship

    Disqualified senators are replaced by members of their own parties without an election so the balance of power is not altered. Mr Joyce says he will nominate in his New England seat, having renounced his NZ citizenship.
    One billionaire created every two days in Asia, study says

    One billionaire created every two days in Asia, study says

    Still, billionaire wealth in Asia, Matthews noted, is very volatile because it is so closely linked to the public markets. And unlike in the West, owners of conglomerates make up 23 per cent of China's rich club, according to the report.