At least 30 dead in Mogadishu blasts
October 14, 2017 4:00 pm
A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 30 people, police say.
Dozens more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.
Police say two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.
It is not clear who staged the attacks. Mogadishu is a regular target for the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group, which is battling the government.
After the first blast, police captain Mohamed Hussein told Reuters news agency: “It was a truck bomb. There are casualties but we do not know the exact amount as the scene is still burning.”
Witnesses told the BBC they believed dozens of people were dead.