Bomb attacks kill 'at least 9' in Somali capital

Car loaded with explosives blows up at gate of popular hotel in Mogadishu, which is frequented by government officials

Bomb attacks kill 'at least 9' in Somali capital

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least nine people were killed and a dozen others were injured in two separate bomb attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu Monday, police officials said.

In the first attack, two people were killed and four others were injured when a suicide car bomb exploded a few meters from a Somali army training center in the neighborhood of Wadjer, east of Mogadishu, a security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.

Later, in another attack, at least seven people were killed and more than eight others were injured when two car bombs targeted the Weheliye hotel in the capital, Ali Yusuf, a police captain in the area, said by phone.

“It is very early to know how money people have been killed but [from] what I know we have seen is at least seven people killed, including soldiers and 8 others wounded. The wounded people were rushed to Madina and Darushifa hospitals for treatment,” Yusuf said.

Weheliye hotel is said to be frequented by government officials, including MPs and is located just a few steps from the Somali parliament building.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Somali militant group al-Shabaab has claimed recent such attacks.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Mart 2017, 12:13