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Somalia : At least 20 people killed in Mogadishu car bombings

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Feb 27th, 2016
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A Somali man inspects the lifeless bodies of civilians caught in the blast from a suicide car bomb on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, Feb, 26 2016.  A suicide bomber rammed his car into a hotel's entrance in Mogadishu and blew it up, allowing Al-Shabab gunmen to force their way into the hotel, exchanging fire with hotel guards and leaving 14 dead before government security forces ended the attack, including four gunmen and the suicide bomber. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

A Somali man inspects the lifeless bodies of civilians caught in the blast from a suicide car bomb on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, Feb, 26 2016. A suicide bomber rammed his car into a hotel’s entrance in Mogadishu and blew it up, allowing Al-Shabab gunmen to force their way into the hotel, exchanging fire with hotel guards and leaving 14 dead before government security forces ended the attack, including four gunmen and the suicide bomber. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Mogadishu,Somalia ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – According to Radio Shabelle in Mogadushu , Around 7:45 p.m. on Friday night, a powerful explosion followed by heavy gunfire heard in most parts of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, officials said.

A car bomb was set off near SYL – Somali youth league hotel next to Villa Somalia, the heavily fortified presidential palace of Somalia, killing more than 20 people, including soldiers and civilians.

A Somalis man waits for medical aid after a suicide car bomb on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, Feb, 26 2016.  A suicide bomber rammed his car into a hotel's entrance in Mogadishu and blew it up, allowing Al-Shabab gunmen to force their way into the hotel, exchanging fire with hotel guards and leaving 14 dead before government security forces ended the attack, including four gunmen and the suicide bomber. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

A Somalis man waits for medical aid after a suicide car bomb on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, Feb, 26 2016. A suicide bomber rammed his car into a hotel’s entrance in Mogadishu and blew it up, allowing Al-Shabab gunmen to force their way into the hotel, exchanging fire with hotel guards and leaving 14 dead before government security forces ended the attack, including four gunmen and the suicide bomber. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Minutes later, a second car bomb exploded at the peace garden, not far from the SYL hotel compound, where the most casualties happened, according to the security officials.

Al shabaab claimed responsibility for the both attacks, saying it targeted the areas, where are frequented by senior Somali government officials, business people, Journalists and diaspora.

Somalis injured in a suicide car bomb attack on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, Feb, 26 2016.  A suicide bomber rammed his car into a hotel's entrance in Mogadishu and blew it up, allowing Al-Shabab gunmen to force their way into the hotel, exchanging fire with hotel guards and leaving 14 dead before government security forces ended the attack, including four gunmen and the suicide bomber. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somalis injured in a suicide car bomb attack on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, Feb, 26 2016. A suicide bomber rammed his car into a hotel’s entrance in Mogadishu and blew it up, allowing Al-Shabab gunmen to force their way into the hotel, exchanging fire with hotel guards and leaving 14 dead before government security forces ended the attack, including four gunmen and the suicide bomber. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Medical sources say at least twenty other people were wounded in SYL twin car bombs in the horn of Africa capital.

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