At least four people were killed on Sunday when Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist militant group drove a car packed with explosives at the gate of a hotel, police and the rebel group said.
A Reuters witness said blood and pieces of flesh were spattered around the site of the blast which targeted the Jazeera hotel. The wreckage of four cars were nearby.
Al Shabaab, which said it was behind the blast, frequently launches bomb and gun attacks in the capital in its bid to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government. The nation is trying to rebuild after two decades of conflict and chaos.
“It is a response to attacks and helicopter bombing against al Shabaab by AMISOM and the Somali government,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters.