Mogadishu, Aug 31: A truck explosion held outside a hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu, claiming at least 22 lives in a heavily secured area near to the presidential palace.
Shockingly a security conference was under way at the hotel on Tuesday when the blast took place, BBC reported.
“Security forces tried to stop the bomber who used back roads before he sped through checkpoints near the presidential palace and detonated the bomb,” a police officer was quoted as saying.
“He reached near the gate of the state house with flat tyres.”However, this is not the first time the Somali Youth League (SYL) Hotel, a famous meeting place for government officials targeted by militants.
Al-Shabab is fighting to oust Somalia’s UN-backed government and establish an Islamic state.