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Suicide car bombing kills dozens in Somali capital

A shopkeeper surveys the marketplace blast. Credit: AP

A blast from a suicide car bombing in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has killed 34 and wounded at least 53.

Sunday's marketplace blast comes just days after the country elected a new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

"I was staying in my shop when a car came in into the market and exploded. I saw more than 20 people lying on the ground.

"Most of them were dead and the market was totally destroyed," witness Abdulle Omar said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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At least 13 killed in Somalia after car bomb at hotel

At least 13 people have been killed after militants set off a car bomb at the gate of a hotel in Somalia and stormed inside.

Al Shabaab militants have said they are responsible for the incident, which happened in the capital Mogadishu.

Police officer Major Mohamed Ahmed told Reuters: "At least 13 people, including forces and civilians, died in two blasts at the hotel."

He added that a dozen others were injured and that the death toll could rise.

Mogadishu car bomb death toll climbs to 22

Security forces stand outside the SYL Hotel that was attacked on Tuesday Credit: Reuters

The death toll from Tuesday's car bomb attack near the presidential palace in Mogadishu has risen to 22, police have said.

The blast in the Somali capital was claimed by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab and partially destroyed two hotels - including one that was hosting a meeting of security officials.

Police officer Major Mohamed Abdullahi confirmed the death toll and said 50 people had been injured, including one minister and state journalists.

He said the SYL Hotel, which is often frequented by government officials and police, was the likely target.

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15 killed in insurgent attack on Somali UN compound

Somali government soldiers arrive to secure the United Nations compound following a suicide bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu Credit: Reuters

Fifteen people have been killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on an office of the United Nations Development Programme in the Somali capital Mogadishu - the first major assault on the UN by Somali Islamist militants in years.

The country's interior minister told reporters: "So far we have confirmed four UNDP foreign staff who were responsible for security, four Somali guards and seven militants."

Bomber and gunmen attack UN compound in Somalia

A suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked an office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a senior police officer and a witness said.

"A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the UNDP and then several armed fighters went in and opened fire inside," Abdikadir Mohamed, a senior police official told Reuters.

The UNDP compound is several hundred metres from the city's fortified airport that serves as the main base for an African peacekeeping force battling Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa country.

Hague 'strongly condemns' attacks in Somalia

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he "strongly condemns" the terrorist attacks that took place in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 19 people.

Mr Hague said in a statement, “We extend our deepest sympathy to the victims and their families. Somalia is emerging from decades of conflict. The actions of terrorists only prolong the suffering of the Somali people".

Somali policemen take up position near the scene of a deadly blast in Mogadishu. Credit: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

“The UK and the international community, as we saw at last week’s G8 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, remain committed to helping the people of Somalia achieve peace, security and development", he continued.

"Those responsible for terrorist acts should face justice”, Mr Hague added.

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