At least 14 people have been killed in a car bomb blast outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, according to a government official. The explosion on Thursday happened near Weheliye hotel on the busy Maka al-Mukarrama Road. A spokesman for the Somali interior ministry confirmed the death toll to Al Jazeera, adding that 10 others were wounded in the blast. The attack was claimed by al-Shabab, Reuters news agency reported, citing the armed group's military operation spokesman. Al-Shabab, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally recognised government, carries out frequent attacks in and around the capital.
Ahmed Mohamed, a senior policeman said Friday that security has been tightened across the Somali capital where Islamic extremists killed at least 15 people in an attack on a hotel late Wednesday. This is Erdogan's third visit to Somalia, making him the only non-African president to visit Somalia in decades.