Fourteen dead in Mogadishu blast


At least 14 people were killed in an explosion outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital followed by gunfire, police and rescue services said.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility. The group carries out frequent bombings and other attacks in Mogadishu in a campaign to topple Somalia’s Western-backed federal government.
“The blast killed 14 people,” Abdiasis Ali Ibrahim, spokesman for the internal security minister told state-run Radio Mogadishu.

Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, earlier said 22 people were injured in the blast.

Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman said his group was “behind the blast”, adding the dead included soldiers and officers.

Reuters TV footage showed civilians carrying the wounded on makeshift stretchers to vehicles from Amin, the city’s sole ambulance service and is privately-run, as security forces stood around with guns.

At least five passing three-wheel scooters were been overturned by the blast.