At least 17 dead as three vehicle bombs explode in Somalia

At least 17 dead as three vehicle bombs explode in Somalia

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Guards at the Sahafi hotel and the adjacent CID office opened fire after two suicide vehicle bombs went off on Friday afternoon.

The death toll from Friday's auto bomb and gun attacks in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has risen to 39, with at least 40 people wounded, police have said.

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 terrorists have massacred civilians at a time when people were out to spend time during the weekend".

"Gunfire killed several people, too". "Most of these people were civilians who were passing by the area when the attack occurred", Abdulahi Ahmed, a Somali security official, said.

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Another security official, Abdirahman Osman, told AFP that almost 50 had been confirmed dead so far, although the final number was not yet known.

"The death toll may rise because some people are still missing". "Abdifatah Abdirashid, the hotel owner, and three of his bodyguards died", Abdiqani said. The blasts appeared to be suicide bombs that detonated near the perimeter wall of the hotel.

A witness told Voice of America the front of the hotel building was destroyed in the attack.

"Armed members from the Shabab Al-Mujahideen carried (out) a complex attack targeting Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu where senior Somali government officials stay", the militant group said in a statement quoted by a pro-Shabaab website.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Islamists from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group have mounted regular attacks in the capital.

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