police: 6 killed by car bombs in Somali capital
update- Two cars filled with explosives have been detonated at Hotel Jazira in Mogadishu near the airport.
According to eyewitness, the first car was detonated at the hotel causing a huge explosion, moments later as first responders gather a second car was detonated at the scene. Sources so far indicate that at least eight people have been confirmed killed with scores of others injured.
Reports further indicate that top government representatives were present at the moment of the attack, including Gen. Gaafow and former intel chief Khalif Ereg.
Mogadishu has been plagued with many similar attacks in the past. Analysts suggest that Al-Shabaab could be behind the attack; however the militant group has yet to claim responsibility although it has threatened of carrying out attacks in Mogadishu in the past few days.
we will update:sad way to start 2014
Gunfire and explosions at the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia on Wednesday left at least five people dead.
The hotel is near the Mogadishu Airport, and is popular with ministers and MPs, reported Harun Maruf of Voice of America. Sources told Maruf that at least five people are dead after the suicide bombing.The hotel is also known as Hotel Jazira.
Radio Dalsan, a local radio station, added that a car filled with explosives was detonated in a “back parking space” at the hotel, It said that one soldier is among the dead.
Maruf called the situation “chaotic,” indicating it will take a while for definite death and injury counts to emerge.“Ex Mogadishu intelligence Chief Khalif Ereg who survived an attempt in March 2013 was at the hotel,” Maruf said. “Unclear if he was the target.”Story developing; check back for updatesOfficials:Somali MP Bashiir Cadow Dhere in Critical condition following twin car bombs in Hotel Jaziira .
update :MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali police say two cars bombs have exploded outside a hotel popular with foreigners in the capital, Mogadishu, wounding at least two people.
Police officer Ahmed Ali said the bombs exploded Wednesday night outside the Jazeera Hotel near Mogadishu's international airport. Police had no more information about the attack.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for it, but the al-Qaida-linked Islamic rebels of al-Shabab frequently stage lethal attacks near the seat of government and at sites popular with foreigners.
The Jazeera Hotel is frequented used by expatriates and government officials.
Sad way to start 2014..My thoughts and prayers are with the family/friends of those who suffered from the cowardly attacks at Al-Jazeera & Mubarak Hotel in mogadishu Somalia