A car bomb went off on Tuesday in Somalia’s capital outside the president’s residence and partly destroyed hotels nearby, police said.
Al Shabaab Islamist militants claimed responsibility of the attack where five soldiers were killed outside the president’s palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and badly damaged two nearby hotels, police said.
Reuters witnesses said gunfire could be heard after the explosion and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen above the president’s palace, outside which were the remnants of the car and splattered blood.
“So far we know five government soldiers died in the blast. It exploded outside the SYL hotel which is also just at the checkpoint outside the palace. We believe the target was SYL which is frequented by officials. The death toll may rise,” police officer Colonel Abdikadir Hussein told Reuters. Reuters has reported.