At least 14 dead in Mogadishu attack

Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

The attack comes two weeks after a massive truck bomb exploded in central Mogadishu, killing at least 358 people, making it the deadliest attack in the troubled country's history.

A suicide auto bomber first drove into a hotel where President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was due to host a meeting on Saturday, following by a vehicle bombing near a former parliament building.

The second vehicle bomb exploded near the former parliament building, and the extent of damage caused by the second explosion is not yet clear.

Gunfire was heard from inside the hotel building, where up to 20 people, including government officials, were assumed to be holed up as part of a standoff between security forces and militants.

The police personnel who died had been stationed close to hotel's gate.

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According to Somali national news agency (SONNA), former MP Abdinasir Garane and former police commissioner of Daynile district Mohamed Yusuf were among the dead.

Witnesses said gunmen are fighting inside.

A huge cloud of smoke rose over the hotel and there were more than a dozen wrecked cars outside.

Fellow witness Ismail Muktar said, "We can hear sporadic gunfire and grenade blasts and the area is very dark because the electric line was cut off amid the blast".

"We can hear the gunfire but it is hard to know who is fighting, the forces cordoned off the building and no one can go close to it", said Abdulahi Nure.

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The Somali government blamed the October 14 blast on al-Shabab, but no group has claimed responsibility.

He said the hotel belonged to Somalia's internal security minister, Mohamed Abukar Islow.

Nasa-hablood hotel is located near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Somali reportedthat the number killed was at least three.

President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed, escaped death on Saturday, after the al-Shabab militant group attacked Hotel Naasa-Hablood, where he was scheduled to hold a meeting.

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