Somalia: at least 15 dead in three explosions in Mogadishu

15 people were killed in three explosions that hit Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Photo: Reuters

NEWSROOM (ADV) – At least 15 people were killed in three explosions that hit Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Friday, police and witnesses said.

The first explosion hit the Sahafi Hotel, and the other two occurred near the hotel opposite the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department.

Under the anonymity cap, a police officer said that among the victims, there are also users of public transport services.

“We know that a lot of people have been killed but for the moment we have established the death toll at 15 dead,” the officer said, adding that the toll could be heavier.

Hassan Yusuf, a witness, revealed that the explosions shook the whole area and that people were running in all directions to make themselves safe. White fumes were visible above the site of the attacks as the gunshots rang out.

The militant group Shebab claimed responsibility for these attacks.

The police officer said four of the attackers, who planned to enter the Sahafi hotel, were shot dead by security forces. It appears that a former government official is among the wounded.

“The Shebab fighters tried to enter the Sahafi hotel but the security forces repelled them,” said one of the witnesses who preferred to remain anonymous.

Insurgents have intensified attacks on government troops and the African Union Mission in Somalia in the southern and central parts of the Horn of Africa country.

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