Somalia Mogadishu: Explosions rock capital

Two explosions have rocked the Somali capital Mogadishu, just two weeks after huge bomb killed more than 350 people.

The first blast was caused by a car bomb being driven into a hotel. Militants then stormed the building.

The second explosion took place near the former parliament house nearby. The number of casualties is unclear.

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab – which officials blamed for the attack two weeks ago – said it carried out the latest bombings.

Police officer Mohamed Hussein told Reuters news agency: “At least seven people including soldiers and civilians died”.

The city’s Aamin Ambulance said it had already ferried 15 wounded, adding there were “many dead bodies”.

Major Abdullahi Aden told Reuters: “It is a busy hotel frequented by lawmakers, (military) forces and civilians.”

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Source: BBC News