Car Bomb Blast Kills 6 Near Hotel in Somalia's Capital

"The explosion rocked the front side of the entrance and people nearby were killed and others injured". However, its initial target was the hotel, police said.

At least five people were killed and 12 others injured in two separate auto bombings in Somalia's capital Mogadishu officials and witnesses said.

A vehicle loaded with explosives hit near a hotel in Mogadishu mid-morning, killing seven people, while another suicide bomber was killed after ramming through a factory near the military barracks in Mogadishu, killing two civilians. "The death toll may rise further", Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of aid-funded Aamin Ambulance services, told Reuters.

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No one has claimed responsibility for today's explosions in Mogadishu.

In a separate incident in Mogadishu, a minibus exploded after police shot at it because it had failed to heed warnings to stop at a checkpoint.

Rescuers carry an injured man from the scene of an explosion near Wehliye Hotel on Maka al Mukaram street in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, March 13, 2017.

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Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab has in recent years lost most of its territory to AU peacekeepers supporting the UN-backed Somali government.

But the insurgents frequently launch deadly gun, grenade and bomb attacks in Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal government.

The military court chairperson added that the court released four others who were also arrested in operation after that attack.

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"There is a trend of increasingly targeting hotels since 2015", Greg Robin, an IED expert at Nairobi-based think-tank Sahan Research, said.

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