Car Bombs & Gunfire Kill At Least 17 People Near Capital, Police Say

November 09, 2018

Powerful blasts and heavy gunfire took the lives of at least 17 people on Friday.

At this time, we are asking our readers to keep everyone involved in their thoughts and prayers as the investigation unfolds. Many people have taken to social media to express their prayers and condolences to the families who lost a loved one.

On Friday, November 9, suicide bombers set off several, massive explosions followed by heavy gunfire that took the lives of at least 17 people in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, according to "Reuters."

Plumes of black smoke filled the air on Friday as at least two car bombs erupted near a popular hotel, Sahafi Hotel, and also near the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

In an initial statement "two blasts struck the perimeter of the Sahafi Hotel along the main road," Ibrahim Mohamed, a police official.

About 20 minutes after the second blast, another explosion hit a busy road, according to witnesses.

“So far we have confirmed 17 civilians dead. They were traveling in public vehicles at the scene when the blasts and gunfire occurred. The death toll is sure to rise,” Ali Nur, a police officer, said.

Police officer Mohammed Hussein said that the target of the attacks was directed at Hotel Sahafi. At this time, police have not said which group is responsible for the suicide bombings. However, according to "Reuters," Islamist from the al Qaeda-lined al Shabaab group have frequently attacked the capital before. Also, according to several tweets, they have confirmed that it was indeed the Al-Shabaab group that bombed the city.