(MENAFN) At least 23 people were killed and over 30 wounded in a suicide truck bomb explosion outside a popular hotel in Somalia"s capital Mogadishu, as gunfire continued as security forces perused other attackers inside the building, according to the police.
"30 people, including a government minister, were rescued from the Nasa-Hablod hotel as heavy gunfire continued in the standoff between extremists and security forces", Capt. Mohamed Hussein said speaking to the Associated Press by telephone from the scene.
Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest yesterday.
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