>> Devastation in Mogadishu on Saturday as the Somalia capital is once again rocked by two car bombs. The death toll reaching to at least 17 people. One of the car bombs detonated by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming into a hotel located less than a mile away from the Presidential Palace.
A witness saying he heard a loud explosion and saw smoke rising over the scene as ambulances rushed towards it. Armed militants subsequently storming the hotel, resulting in a gun battle. A police officer telling Reuters quote the exchange of gunfire is hellish. Minutes later, a second bomb exploded near the former Parliament House, the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claiming responsibility.
It's been responsible for frequent bombings and gun attacks in the Horn of Africa country Al-Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia's western backed government and to rule according to its strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. A series of bomb attacks earlier in October killed at least 358 people. Although many suspect Al-Shabaab, it did not claim responsibility for those attacks.