At least 10 killed in Mogadishu blasts

At least 10 killed in Mogadishu blasts

At least 10 killed in Mogadishu blasts

"Two martyrdom operations and a special forces attack on the Sahafi hotel in the center of Mogadishu, where government officers and officials reside, which was adopted by Shabaab", the group's short statement reads.

The death toll from Friday's vehicle bomb and gun attacks in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has risen to 39, with at least 40 people wounded, police have said.

An initial "two blasts struck the perimeter of the Sahafi hotel along the main road", said police official Ibrahim Mohamed, who earlier gave a preliminary toll of more than 10 dead.

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Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP that "more than 10 people died, a lot of them civilians and some security guards". Then, about 20 minutes later, a third explosion hit the busy street, witnesses said. Earlier in September, a suicide auto bomb sped through a checkpoint outside the Hawlwadag district headquarters before detonating.

"We are getting (information that) about 20 people died in the attack and more than 40 others were wounded".

The group says it targeted Sahafi Hotel using three VBIED's and armed attackers.

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"The militants who entered the hotel compound faced heavy gunfire from the hotel guards".

According to sources, the fatalities included the son of the owner of the hotel, Abdirashid Ilqeyte, who was killed in a Shabaab attack on the establishment in November 2015.

Shabaab has remained a persistent threat to the Somali government and neighboring countries despite efforts by both the African Union and the U.S. to defeat it over the past decade. They said the security forces eventually killed the assailants and rescued dozens of people from hotel rooms.

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