Three dead in Somalia auto bombings

Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

At least 10 people have been killed in a double vehicle bombing in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which is still reeling from a massive attack that left hundreds dead earlier this month.

Witnesses said gunmen stormed Nasa-Hablod hotel after detonating a vehicle filled with explosives at the entrance. A few minutes later a auto bomb exploded near the former parliament house nearby.

"Security forces have entered a small portion of the hotel building ... the exchange of gunfire is hellish", he said.

The suspected suicide bomber is believed to have detonated near the gate of the hotel close to the presidential palace at around 5pm local time. The dead also included a former member of parliament, he said.

Aamin Ambulance posted on Twitter it had transferred 15 people to hospitals and there were "many dead bodies".

A huge cloud of smoke rose over the hotel and there were more than a dozen wrecked cars outside. Sporadic gunfire could be heard in the vicinity.

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Al-Shabab, Africa's deadliest extremist group, claimed responsibility for the attack that killed a baby and two children, a senior Somali police colonel and a former lawmaker, Capt. Mohamed Hussein told the Associated Press.

"We targeted ministers and security officials who were inside the hotel. We are fighting inside", said Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group's military operations spokesman.

Farmajo was scheduled to meet the presidents of the Somalia's five federal republics at the hotel later in the evening, he said.

At least two people have been killed and eight injured after Mogadishu was rocked by two bombs in quick succession, according to reports.

Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest on Saturday.

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned Saturday's terrorist attack in Somali capital Mogadishu that claimed the lives of at least 10 people, Anadolu reported.

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