Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Somalia attack toll rises: 'Bodies were everywhere'

Somalian flag Somalia car bomb attack leaves at least 20 dead, police say
Steven Clarke | 10 November, 2018, 21:38

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Somalis carry away an injured civilian who was wounded in a bomb blast near the Sahafi hotel in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia.

Following a series of deadly suicide auto bombs inside Somalia's capital Mogadishu today, al Qaeda's East African branch, Shabaab, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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

Parliament speaker Mohamed Mursal said the attackers deliberately targeted civilians. Over the last several years, the group has launched offensives that have killed hundreds of African Union forces from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

Somali security officials who responded to the attack say four militants entered the hotel and went to the roof, firing on people down below. They were travelling in public vehicles at the scene when the blasts and gunfire occurred.

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Another security official, Abdirahman Osman, told AFP that almost 50 had been confirmed dead so far, although the final number was not yet known.

There are fears that the death toll will rise further.

A witness told Voice of America the front of the hotel building was destroyed in the attack.

The hotel is frequented by government officials and other members of Somalia's elite.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Islamists from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group have mounted regular attacks in the capital.

But they still control parts of the countryside and attack the government, military, and civilian targets, seemingly at will, in Mogadishu and regional towns.

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