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At least 8 killed in car bomb blast in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

A car bomb exploded near a hotel on a busy street in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, killing at least eight people, police and medical services said, hours after another blast killed the driver of a minibus who tried to breach a checkpoint.

world Updated: Mar 13, 2017 17:16 IST
Somali soldiers guard the scene after a car bomb attack in Mogadishu on Monday.
Somali soldiers guard the scene after a car bomb attack in Mogadishu on Monday.(AP)

A car bomb exploded near a hotel on a busy street in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, killing at least eight people, police and medical services said, hours after another blast killed the driver of a minibus who tried to breach a checkpoint.

Police said the blast took place outside the Wehliye Hotel on Maka al Mukaram street.

“We have carried eight dead people and seven others who are injured. Rescue services continue and the death toll may rise,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin Ambulance services, told Reuters.

Firefighters try to extinguish a burning car at the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu. (REUTERS)

Police had earlier put the toll at two dead and two wounded. One witness at the scene counted 10 dead, while another had earlier seen five dead.

The hotel was left intact, but the explosion damaged a nearby house.

Hours before, a minibus exploded after police shot at it after it refused to stop as it approached a checkpoint in the capital, police officer Nur Osman told Reuters, adding that two people were wounded.

Rescuers carry an injured man from the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu. (REUTERS)

“A policeman at a check point shot at the speeding mini-bus. It exploded and killed the al Shabaab fighter that drove it,” he said.

In the past, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for gun, grenade and bomb attacks in Somalia, and tends to focus on Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal government.