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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.

Car bomb kills at least 29 in Somalian capital

A security officer walks through an area destroyed by a suicide car bomb in Mogadishu. Credit: Reuters

At least 29 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Somalia.

Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have claimed responsibility for the car bomb that went off outside the entrance to the country's biggest port in its capital Mogadishu.

Local police said at least seven people had been injured.

Port employee Mohamed Hussein said gunfire had followed the blast.

Al-Shabaab's insurgency aims to drive out African Union peacekeepers, topple Somalia's western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of Africa state.

15 killed after suicide attack on hotel in Somalia

Police officials surrounded the Nasahablood Hotel in Mogadishu. Credit: Reuters

Islamist militant group al Shabaab launched a suicide attack on a hotel in the Somalia capital Mogadishu, killing 15 people, police have confirmed.

Police major Ali Hassan said the militants first set off a bomb then stormed inside the Nasahablood Hotel.

There were reports of a heavy exchange of gunfire, but the fighting has now ended.

He added: "We have rescued many people from the back door. Those who died included civilians and hotel guards".

Al Shabaab military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab said his group "attacked the hotel which was frequented by the apostate government members."

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