4 car bombs explode by hotel in Somalia’s capital; 20 dead

The blast occurred near the headquarters of Somalia's Criminal Investigations Department

The blast occurred near the headquarters of Somalia's Criminal Investigations Department

At least 17 people were killed when suicide attackers set off two auto bombs at a hotel near the headquarters of Somalia's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Mogadishu on Friday.

Witnesses further stated that both CID officers and security forces in the Hotel Sahafi, after seeing the initial explosion, opened fire.

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed said information received from various hospitals indicated that the number of dead had reached 41, with another 106 wounded.

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) reported that vehicle bombs went off near the capital's Sahafi Hotel on Friday afternoon. Three huge blasts went off around KM 4 Junction Friday afternoon which the militant group al-Shabab said was targeting Sahafi hotel which is popular with politicians and was once a safe haven for journalists covering the Somali civil war.

Celebrities flee southern California homes as deadly wildfires approach
Kim's sister Kourtney , who lives nearby, also chose to evacuate though she was not under a mandatory order to do so. Actor Mark Hamill and his family safely evacuated their home, which is "dangerously close" to the fire, he said.

Explosions and gunfire erupted in the area around the Sahafi Hotel and the Somali police force's Criminal Investigations Department. "We don't know if there are other people still under the rubble but we are trying our best to recover those missing", a police officer who requested anonymity told Xinhua.

The hotel owner's father had reportedly died in a similar terror attack by jihadists in 2015 at the same hotel. "I could see people screaming as they fled the buses", said Fadumo Ali. This increased the casualties.

The blasts came a day before the first anniversary of a truck bombing that left more than 500 dead in Mogadishu, the worst ever attack in Somalia which was blamed on Al-Shabaab. These Shabaab assaults have forced African Union troops to withdraw from several cities and towns in southern Somalia.

Al Shabab said its fighters carried out the attack and some had managed to enter the hotel.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.