MOGADISHU, Somalia – A car laden with explosives has detonated in Somali capital Mogadishu, leaving 15 people dead, witnesses and police said.
At least 30 more were also injured in the explosion, according to a witness.
He says the explosion also destroyed buildings in the Somali capital’s busiest street of Maka Al Mukarama.
Somali police officer Hussein Mohamed says the attack took place in a business centre full of hotels, fairs, shops and restaurants in Mogadishu.
He says a dozen cars burning and other neighboring buildings were also destroyed.
Two other explosions were also reported in the capital of Mogadishu.
Somali armed group Al Shabaab says it has carried out suicide attack on hotel Maka Al Mukarama in the capital.
The group says its fighters are fighting inside the hotel.
Somali security officials say they received gunfire from the direction of Hotel Maka Al-Mukarama after first explosion.
The group, estimated at several thousand fighters, attacks high-profile targets such as hotels and checkpoints in Somalia and abroad.
The al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has been fighting to topple the weak western backed government of Somalia and establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law.