Triple car bombings kill 10 in Somali capital

By Mohamed Dhaysane

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA) – At least 10 people were killed and several others wounded on Friday in triple car bombings in the Somali capital, officials said.

Abdullahi Mohamed, a police officer in Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency that three explosions targeted Sahafi Hotel. They were followed by gunfire.

"Two suicide car bombs targeted the hotel located close to criminal investigation department headquarters. Minutes later another bomb went off,“ Mohamed said.

The fatalities include soldiers, civilians and business-people, he added.

The wounded were rushed to the hospital.

Sahafi is a popular hotel located on the busy KM4 street and frequented by Somali government officials.

Somali-based insurgent group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.