According to Security Minister Mohamed Abukar Islow, at least 27 people were killed when two car bombs detonated outside a hotel near Somalia’s presidential palace in Mogadishu on Saturday. The blasts occurred two weeks after the deadliest car bombings in the nation’s modern history.
According to police Capt. Osman Mohamed, the first blast was outside the Nasa Hablod Two Hotel, near the Villa Somalia presidential palace. It was followed by a second blast in the same area moments later.
Police said the bombings were followed by a firefight, with at least three armed militants inside the hotel.