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Somali minister among 20 killed in twin explosions

Mogadishu

20-February-2015

At least 20 people were killed, including a minister, and many injured when twin explosions rocked Somalia's capital Mogadishu Friday, according to police and witnesses.

Police and eyewitnesses said huge explosions followed by gunfire were heard at the Central Hotel in Hamarweyene district, usually frequented by politicians and foreigners.

"Among those killed are minister for seaports, deputy mayor of Mogadishu and a parliament member," Xinhua news agency quoted a police officer who declined to be named as saying.

He said the country's minister for aviation and a lawmaker were among those wounded during the explosions.

Senior Somali government officials, including the deputy prime minister, were meeting in the hotel at the time of the attack.

The Al Shabaab terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. - IANS