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On Friday night a large explosion hit Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The bomb was quickly followed by gunfire heard around the city, reported Shabelle Media Network.
At least 30 people were killed during the attack which was claimed by al-Shabaab.
The attack was carried out outside a popular park and hotel in Mogadishu. Abdurashid Abdulahi, the governor of Bay region, told AFP, “The official number of the dead has reached 30 people — all of them civilians — and 61 others have been wounded, 15 of them seriously.”
A police major, Ahmed Abdullahi, told Reuters “The area (of the blast) is secured,”
Al-Shabab’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spoke with Reuters stating that the group took responsibility for the attack on Friday, “We started with a car bomb and then stormed the hotel. We are inside it and fighting continues.” He stated that the group has “targeted government officials and forces.”