More than 20 killed after bomb blasts in Mogadishu

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

Tension is high in Somalia's Mogadishu after three bomb explosions were reported with heavy gunfire near the CID headquarters, at Sahafi Hotel.

Abdifatah Abdirashid, who took over the Sahafi from his father after he was killed in a militant attack in 2015, was among those who died in Friday's attack, said Mohamed Abdiqani, a witness at the hotel. Then, about 20 minutes later, a third explosion hit the busy street, witnesses said. "The death toll is sure to rise", Ali Nur, a police officer in the city, told Reuters.

Some of the victims were burned beyond recognition when one vehicle bomb exploded next to a minibus, he said. "Most of the dead and wounded were civilians", added Awil Mohamed, another witness.

"The number of casualties is unknown as bodies are still being pulled from the burning cars", he told Al Jazeera.

Mogadishu faces frequent bombings at the hands of Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate which has been fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed Somali government for over a decade. The Shabaab were forced out of the capital by African Union troops in 2011.

Targets have included hotels, military checkpoints and the presidential palace.

Under US President Trump, air attacks in the Horn of Africa country have increased, with the Pentagon carrying out more than 25 raids, including drone attacks, since January.

The militant group al-Shabab, which has waged an insurgency for more than 10 years, said it carried out the attack.

There are now around 500 United States troops in the Horn of Africa country.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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