Death toll rises to 14 in Mogadishu bombings

Bombs kill at least 7 in Mogadishu

Following the blasts, witnesses reported hearing gunfire and said the entire area around the Nasa Hablod Hotel 2 had been sealed off by security forces to keep people away.

"About 14 people, a lot of them civilians, were confirmed dead so far and the security forces are still working to ensure the area is clear", said security official Mohamed Moalim Adan.

Two of the five attackers were killed on the first floor, Hussein said.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow, reporting from Nairobi, Kenya, said at least three heavily armed Al-Shabab gunmen have gained entry to the Nasa-Hablod hotel and that fighting was still going on.

One senior police official and a former MP are among the dead.

The first explosion was reportedly caused by a auto bomb.

He suffered small injuries on his shoulder and skull from flying glass.

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Two suicide bombers detonated vehicle bombs outside the entrance.

Its sister hotel, the Nasahablod, was targeted by Al Shabab in a similar attack that killed 11 people in June past year.

In a written statement, the ministry said on its website: "We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack".

It has not commented on the massive attack two weeks ago; experts have said the death toll was so high that the group hesitated to further anger Somali citizens as its pursues its insurgency.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed requested support against the group during his visits to countries in east Africa.

A staggering 22,000-strong African Union force is expected to withdraw its forced and hand the country's security to the Somali military by the start of 2021. USA military officials and others in recent months have expressed concern that Somali forces are not yet ready.

The US military also has stepped up military efforts against al-Shabab this year in Somalia, carrying out almost 20 drone strikes.

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