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Car bomb kills at least eight in Somali capital

21 March 2017

The death toll from a suicide auto bomb earlier on Monday near a hotel in the Somali capital has climbed to at least 13, police said.

The incident took place near former candies factory locally called Warshadii Nacnaca which located in Wadajir district Mogadishu Somalia.

Witnesses said the toll from the blast which occurred along the busy Maka Al-Mukarama road could in fact be higher.

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Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the explosion at the hotel.

"We have carried 13 dead people and 14 others are injured. Rescue services continue and the death toll may rise", Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin Ambulance services, told Reuters.

Earlier on Monday, police shot at a minibus, also in Mogadishu, when the driver refused to stop as it approached a checkpoint. The bomber was killed and two people were wounded, said Col. Yusuf Burhan, a Somali military officer.

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"A policeman at a check point shot at the speeding mini-bus".

Also on January 27, the Shabaab said its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when they attacked a remote military base in Somalia.

In recent years, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has lost most of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the UN-backed Somali government.

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The military court chairperson added that the court released four others who were also arrested in operation after that attack. "This is where government operatives stay or have meals or meetings". He referenced an attack that happened in 2015, the six that occured in 2016 and the explosions that went off in 2017.

Car bomb kills at least eight in Somali capital