Deadly truck bomb explodes near hotel
Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)Extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for two explosions Wednesday that police say killed at least 21 people and rocked the Somali capital.
At least 50 people were injured in the attack, said Capt. Abukar Osman with the Somali Police Force. Among the injured are seven journalists, according to Hussein Ali, an official of Mogadishu’s ambulance services.
Why Al-Shabaab is a growing threat
Rival clan leaders and extremist groups such as Al-Shabaab took advantage of the power vacuum. The groups subsequently grew in size and strength. Al-Shabaab has seen its power wane in recent years, thanks in part to an African Union coalition dedicated to peacekeeping in the country. But Mogadishu is subject to attacks on a frequent basis. Most recently, a car bomb killed 20 people in December.
CNN’s Julia Jones contributed to this report.