Mogadishu, Oct 29 At least 14 people were killed in coordinated auto bombings followed by an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, claimed by Shabaab Islamists.
A witness said a second explosion went off just when a truck tried to tow a small vehicle from the scene as rescue teams were trying to access the scene.
The attack comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street-the country's worst-ever attack. The dead also included a former politician, he said.
The Nasa-Hablod hotel is frequented by government ministers, lawmakers and Somali business leaders.
Gunshots could be heard ringing out inside the Nasahablod Two hotel while the bomb exploded near its gate, police captain Mohammed Hussein said.
Al-Shabab, Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group, quickly claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack and said its fighters were inside the hotel.
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Witnesses said gunmen stormed Nasa-Hablod hotel after detonating a vehicle filled with explosives at the entrance.
The Shabaab has made attacks on hotels - commonly beginning with a suicide vehicle bombing followed by an invasion by gunmen - a regular strategy in its decade old battle to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu.
A staggering 22,000-strong African Union force is expected to withdraw its forced and hand the country's security to the Somali military by the start of 2021.
The Shabaab lost their foothold in Mogadishu in 2011 but have continued their battle to overthrow the Somali government, launching regular attacks on military, government and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere.
The US military also has stepped up military efforts against al Shabab this year in Somalia, carrying out almost 20 drone strikes, as the global war on extremism moves deeper into the African continent.
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