Scene of the Somalia car bomb attack

Suicide bomber kills 17 Somali policemen

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Suicide bomber hits Somali policemen in MogadishuA suicide bomber from Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others on Thursday when he blew himself up inside the country’s main police academy, the force’s chief stated.Witnesses said the police were gathered in a square ahead of their early morning parade when the bomber attacked in the capital Mogadishu.Although the official toll was put at 18 dead, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab claimed responsibility and put the toll at 27 dead.The assault is the latest in a decade-old battle by the jihadists to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government.“Eighteen members from the police were killed, and 15 others were wounded, after a suicide bomber blew himself inside the academy,” acting police chief General Muktar Hussein Afrah told reporters.The attacker disguised himself in a police uniform to access the camp, Afrah stated.“Some of the police were already in lines, and others were gathering, when the man in police uniform entered and blew himself up,” said bystander Hussein Ali, describing the carnage.Medics and ambulance teams rushed to take the wounded to hospital and collect the corpses.Officers said the toll could have been far worse had the attacker detonated his bomb in the centre of the crowd.“The bomber could have inflicted more casualties if he could have managed to reach the midpoint where most people were,” police officer Ibrahim Mohamed stated.Later Thursday, police attended the funerals of some of their colleagues killed in the attack.

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Mogadishu Bombed Again

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A Somali soldier walks near wreckage of vehicles after a car bomb was detonated in Mogadishu, Somalia Saturday, Oct 28, 2017.A car packed with explosives blew up outside a hotel in Mogadishu on Saturday simultaneously as  a minibus also exploded at a nearby junction.Emergency services, such as Aamin Ambulance Service reported “many dead bodies”.Witnesses also reported hearing gunfire and said the entire area around the Nasa Hablod hotel was sealed off by security forces to keep people away.“A car loaded with explosives went off at the entrance of Nasa Hablod Hotel and there is gunfire,” police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP, saying it looked like a co-ordinated attack.“There was another minibus loaded with explosives which went off a nearby intersection,” he said, confirming there were casualties but without giving an initial number.The blasts occurred just two weeks after a huge truck bombing in the Somali capital which killed at least 358 people, making it the deadliest attack in the country’s history.Somalia’s Aamin ambulance service said there were “many dead bodies” in a posting on its official Twitter feed, adding that it had already evacuated 15 wounded people from the area.An AFP correspondent at the scene also reported seeing two people lying on the ground but their condition was not immediately clear.The Nasa Hablod is a popular hotel located in the north of the city.

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Massive bomb shakes Mogadishu

Death toll in Somali bomb attack rises to 230

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Massive bomb attack shakes MogadishuDeath toll in the massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday has risen to at least 230 people, police say.Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.It is not clear who staged the bombing, but Mogadishu is a target for al-Shabab militants battling the government.President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.Local media reported families gathering in the area on Sunday morning, looking for missing loved ones amid the ruins of one of the largest bombs ever to strike the city.Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP news agency the death toll is likely to rise. “There are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously,” he stated.Officials also confirmed that two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.Reports say the Safari Hotel had collapsed, with people trapped under the rubble following the intensity of the blast.

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