Mogadishu Hotel Blast Kills at Least 23, Latest in Wave of Violence

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MOGADISHU, Somalia — A suicide truck bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest.

Speaking to The Associated Press by telephone from the scene, Capt. Mohamed Hussein said 30 people, including a government minister, were rescued from the Nasa-Hablod hotel as heavy gunfire continued in the standoff between extremists and security forces. Three of the five attackers were killed, Hussein said. The others hurled grenades and cut off the building’s electricity as night fell.




Image: Somalis carry away a man injured after a car bomb was detonated

Somalis carry away a man injured after a car bomb was detonated in Mogadishu, Somalia Son Oct 28, 2017.