LATEST: Somalia bomber pretended truck had broken down

2017-10-29 07:00
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Mogadishu - Security officials say the bomber who attacked a hotel in Somalia's capital had pretended his truck had broken down outside the gate.

Police Colonel Mohamed Abdullahi says the bomber stopped outside the heavily fortified hotel and pretended to repair the truck before finally turning it around and detonating.

At least 19 people were killed in the attack in Mogadishu, and a gunbattle continued between security forces and other attackers who entered the hotel after the blast.

The al-Shabaab extremist group has claimed responsibility.

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21:10 

Police say the death toll is now 18 in an attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital, and a gunbattle continues between security forces and the few remaining extremists holed up inside.

Captain Mohamed Hussein says more than 30 people were wounded in Saturday's attack that began when a suicide car bomb exploded outside the gates of the Nasa-Hablod hotel. It is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.

The al-Shabaab extremist group has claimed responsibility.

The blast comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.

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19:50 

Police say more than 20 people, including government officials, are thought to be trapped inside a hotel in Somalia's capital where security forces are trying to end a siege by al-Shabab extremists.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says two of the five attackers have been killed.

At least 13 people are dead and more than 16 are wounded in the assault on the Nasa-Hablod hotel, which is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack that began with a suicide car bomb exploding outside the hotel gate.

The blast comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.

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19:15 

Police say a third blast has been heard at the scene of an attack on a popular hotel in Somalia's capital.

Captain Mohamed Hussein tells The Associated Press by telephone from the scene that an attacker detonated a suicide vest.

At least 13 people are dead and more than 16 are wounded in the assault on the Nasa-Hablod hotel, which is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.

The al-Shabaab extremist group has claimed responsibility and says its fighters are still inside the hotel.

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18:00

Police say the death toll in a suicide car bombing outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital has risen to 13, with more than 16 people wounded.

Captain Mohamed Hussein says a senior Somali police colonel and a former lawmaker are among the dead.

The al-Shabab extremist group has quickly claimed responsibility for the suicide car bomb that detonated outside the Nasa-Hablod hotel, which is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.

Al-Shabaab also claims that its fighters are inside the hotel, where gunfire can still be heard.

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18:45 

Police say at least 10 people are dead and more than 11 are wounded in an attack on a popular hotel in Somalia's capital. Captain Mohamed Hussein says the death toll could rise.

The al-Shabaab extremist group has quickly claimed responsibility for the suicide car bomb that detonated outside the Nasa-Hablod hotel, which is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.

Al-Shabaab also claims that its fighters are inside the hotel, where gunfire can still be heard.

The blast comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.

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18:30 

The al-Shabab extremist group has quickly claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb that detonated outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital.

Police say at least two people are dead and more than eight others wounded in Saturday afternoon's blast outside the Nasa-Hablod hotel, which is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.

Al-Shabaab also claims that its fighters are inside the hotel, where gunfire can still be heard.

The blast comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.

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17:55 

A police officer says at least two people are dead and more than eight others are wounded after a suspected suicide car bomb detonated outside a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Captain Mohamed Hussein says gunfire can be heard inside the Nasa-Hablod hotel, which is frequented by politicians and other members of the city's elite.

A second blast was heard in the area minutes after the first.

Saturday's blast comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.

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17:35 

A Somali police officer says a suspected suicide car bomb has detonated near the gate of a hotel close to the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Captain Mohamed Hussein says gunfire could be heard inside the Nasa-Hablod hotel.

Saturday's blast in Somalia's capital comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.

The extremist group al-Shabaab often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu.

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