World Bulletin / News Desk
Death toll from a twin suicide blast that targeted a hotel in Mogadishu has risen to ten people, including the two perpetrators, according to a security source.
Two suicide bombers, seconds apart, have driven into Mogadishu's Central Hotel, before detonating their explosive-packed vehicles, eyewitnesses have told.
Mohamed Adam, the first deputy of Mogadishu's mayor, was among the victims of the blast, the security source told.
He added that Seaports Minister Nur Hersi and Mohamed Mohamud Saney, the mayor of Balad district, were also injured in the bombings and that Saney was hospitalized in a critical condition.
Lawmaker Abdel-Qader Ali Omar was also injured in the attacks, according to the source. The hotel has also sustained major material damage.
A radio station that is associated with Al-Shabaab militant group had quoted a senior group member as saying that the group was behind Friday's "major operation."
Al-Shabaab, which has launched an insurgency against Mogadishu in recent years, has recently suffered several significant blows, losing most of its strongholds in southern and central Somalia to government and African Union troops.
Several group members have also recently been killed in U.S. drone strikes.
However, the group has continued to launch deadly attacks on government officials and security troops.