Truck bomb kills more than two dozen in Mogadishu

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The explosion occurred in front of the Safari Hotel, a popular establishment but that is usually not frequented by government officials. "I cannot tell the exact death toll, but together I can say we have transported hundreds of people on our 10 ambulances", Adem said.

Security official Mohamed Adan told AFP news agency the "huge blast" was caused "by a trucked loaded with explosives".

The explosion appeared to target a hotel on a busy road in Hodan district.

"This was very disgusting", witness Ismail Yusuf told AFP news agency.

"This was very disgusting, the bomb went off alongside the busy road and left many people dead. I could see smoke from my back and the whole place was shaking", said Hamdi, adding that "We learn the police had been trailing the vehicle with explosives". I saw several corpses, but I've only been able to count them, it was disgusting, " testified one resident, Ismail Yusu.

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Somalis gather and search for survivors by destroyed buildings at the scene of a blast in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

Shortly after the first blast the second explosion was reported in Mogadishu's Wadajir disctict.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but authorities have ideas on who it could be since they have carried out other attacks in the past.

The U.S. military has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu with deadly bombings.

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