Three dead in Somalia vehicle bombings

Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

Bombs killed at least seven people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police said.

"I think they were al-Shabab fighters who were trying to storm the hotel", he said, lying on a hospital bed.

Police Officer Ali Mohamed told Anadolu Agency over the phone that a vehicle bomb had targeted the Nasa-hablood hotel near the presidential palace; soon after another auto bomb exploded near the scene.

Initial reports say at least 10 people were killed in the first explosion and 6 others were injured.

According to Somali national news agency (SONNA), former MP Abdinasir Garane and former police commissioner of Daynile district Mohamed Yusuf were among the dead.

Mohamed Ahmed, a tuk-tuk driver, who was driving by the Nasa-Hablod hotel at the time of the attack, said he "saw a auto exploding at the gate of the hotel".

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow, reporting from Nairobi, Kenya, said at least three heavily armed Al-Shabab gunmen have gained entry to the Nasa-Hablod hotel and that fighting was still going on. He suffered small injuries on his shoulder and head from flying glass.

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

"We targeted ministers and security officials who were inside the hotel".

A suicide auto bomber first drove into a hotel where President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was due to host a meeting on Saturday, following by a vehicle bombing near a former parliament building.

The Somali government blamed the October 14 blast on al-Shabab, but no group has claimed responsibility.

USA military officials and others in recent months have expressed concern that Somali forces are not yet ready.

Since the blast two weeks ago, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has visited regional countries to seek more support for the fight against the extremist group, vowing a "state of war".

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