Mogadishu, Nov 10 (IANS) Four car bombs by Islamic extremists exploded outside a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, Friday afternoon killing at least 20 people and injuring 17, said police.
The al-Shabaab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place during the afternoon rush hour on a busy street near a checkpoint that controls access to Mogadishu International Airport, reports Efe news.
Mohamed Abshir from Amin ambulance service told Efe that 20 people were killed, while the ambulance service said on Twitter that it had transported 17 injured people to hospitals.
Three powerful car bombs on Sahafi hotel in Somalia’s capital; 20 dead including Abdifitah Abdirashid Il-qeyte who inherited the business from his father who was killed in al-Shabab similar attack in 2015. pic.twitter.com/B2K1lWhlAb
— Abdiqani Abdillahi Sheikh (@GaraadShiekh) November 9, 2018
The first two blasts took place almost simultaneously at 4 p.m. outside the Sahafi hotel, while the third came 20 minutes later in the garage of the adjacent Hayat hotel.
Several terrorists were killed trying to enter the Sahafi, security sources told Radio Dalsan.
The two hotels are located just a few meters away from Criminal Investigation Division headquarters in an area of restaurants and bars.
Among the dead was Sahafi owner Abdifatah Abdirashid, whose father was killed in a similar attack on the same hotel three years ago, according to Radio Dalsan.