Car bomb kills at eight in Somali capital

File The wreck of a car used in a bombing in Mogadishu in December. On Monday a car bomb went off near a hotel in the Somali capital

File The wreck of a car used in a bombing in Mogadishu in December. On Monday a car bomb went off near a hotel in the Somali capital

At least 10 people were killed and 13 others injured in two separate attacks near a military base and a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, officials said. The security forces have cordoned off the area after the blast which was heard major parts of Mogadishu on Monday morning at around 11 a.m.

Later, in another attack, at least seven people were killed and more than eight others were injured when two vehicle bombs targeted the Weheliye hotel in the capital, Ali Yusuf, a police captain in the area, said by phone.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the explosion at the hotel.

"We were behind the Maka al Mukaram street blast".

The minibus exploded, wounding two bystanders and killing the driver, police officer Nur Osman said.

"A policeman at a checkpoint shot at the speeding minibus".

Hundreds of soldiers went on strike in the Somali capital yesterday, blocking roads and forcing businesses to close in protest over unpaid salaries, a challenge for the new president who has vowed to defeat militant group, Al-Shabaab.

In recent years, Al Shabab has lost most of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the UN-backed Somali government.

The military court chairperson added that the court released four others who were also arrested in operation after that attack.

But the militants frequently launch deadly gun, grenade and bomb attacks in Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal government.

The insurgents were also increasing their use of large truck bombs, he said.