Mogadishu attack: At least 10 killed after explosion outside hotel

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)The Al-Shabaab extremist group claimed responsibility for two explosions that rocked the Somali capital of Mogadishu Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring another 30.

Attackers detonated a truck bomb outside the gates of the Dayah hotel — which is near the country’s parliament building and popular with both lawmakers and government officials — before storming inside, Somali Police Major Ahmed Ibrahim told CNN.
A second truck exploded nearby 15 minutes later, Ibrahim said. Five attackers were killed by Somali security forces.




Why Al-Shabaab is a growing threat


The group has seen its power wane in recent years, thanks in part to an African Union coalition dedicated to peacekeeping in the country.
But Mogadishu is subject to attacks on a frequent basis. Most recently, a car bomb in the city killed 20 people in December.

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