Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Triple vehicle bombings in Mogadishu kill at least 18 people, police say

Triple vehicle bombings in Mogadishu kill at least 18 people, police say

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

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the bombs, according to the group's Adalus radio station.

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

A series of auto bombings killed at least 18 people and injured 45 in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, Police Capt.Daahir Kulane said. A third explosion from a bomb placed in a three-wheeled "tuk-tuk" vehicle near the hotel also hit the busy street. "The death toll is sure to rise", Ali Nur, a police officer in the city, told Reuters.

Witnesses said a third blast came from a suicide bomber who detonated an explosives-laden vest at the hotel's front entrance, as three attackers in Somali military uniform were shot at the rear entrance. "So in total 28 people died, including the six militants".

Somali security officials who responded to the attack say four militants entered the hotel and went to the roof, firing on people down below.

But Bashir Hassan Farah, another ambulance medic, later said he saw 20 dead bodies, majority civilians.

Among the dead was the manager of the Sahafi Hotel, whose father was the owner of the hotel before he was killed in an al-Shabab attack on establishment in 2015, said police Capt. Hussein. "Government officials and security forces are always in the hotel", he told Reuters.

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