A suspected car bomb exploded at the entrance to a hotel in the centre of the Somali capital early on Sunday morning, damaging parts of the hotel and killing at least 12 people, a police officer and a witness said.
Islamic militants Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the blast, which was followed by gunfire and reports of a second explosion.
“Mujahideen (fighters) entered and took over Sahafi hotel where enemies lived. The operation still goes on,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters after police reported battling the attackers after two bomb blasts. Read more