6 killed, 8 injured in hotel attack in Mogadishu

Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

At least 10 people, including a former lawmaker and a police official were killed and more than eight others wounded in two suspected suicide vehicle blasts at a hotel in capital Mogadishu on Saturday evening, according to police, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

"I think they were al-Shabab fighters who were trying to storm the hotel", he said, lying on a hospital bed.

The attack comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street-the country's worst-ever attack.

"Most people fled the hotel through a back door but some are still trapped inside", said Mohamed Dek, who was escaped the hotel after the initial explosion.

The attack happened as the country's leaders converged in Mogadishu for a high level security meeting following the October 14 truck bombing that killed more than 350 people. The dead also included a former politician, he said.

"The Mujahedeen fighters are inside Nasa Hablod 2 hotel where".

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Al-Shabab has been involved in 987 of 1,827 attacks by militant Islamist groups in Africa this year, according to the Africa Center for Security Studies in Washington, D.C. The Somali group has had a long affiliation with al-Qaeda but now appears to be cooperating with ISIS, controlling much of the countryside, analysts said. He suffered small injuries on his shoulder and head from flying glass.

The first explosion was reportedly caused by a auto bomb.

Security officials said Saturday's bomber had pretended his truck had broken down outside the gate.

The Somali militant group Al Shabab said it carried out the bombings.

The Shabaab lost their foothold in Mogadishu in 2011 but have continued their battle to overthrow the Somali government, launching regular attacks on military, government and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere.

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