United Nations envoy for Somalia condemns bomb blasts in Mogadishu

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At least 10 people were killed and 13 others injured in two separate attacks near a military base and a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, officials said.

The incident took place near former candies factory locally called Warshadii Nacnaca which located in Wadajir district Mogadishu Somalia.

The blast occurred after a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a checkpoint on the busy Maka al Mukaram street but missed the apparent target - Wehliye Hotel.

It remained intact, but a nearby house was damaged in the explosion.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, and it was not clear whether the hotel was the actual target. "We killed 17 people, including senior officials of military and security and former lawmakers", Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operation spokesman, told Reuters.

"The suicide bomber and two other civilians were killed and three others injured in the attack", the police officer said.

"A policeman at a check point shot at the speeding mini-bus".

A Somali military court on Monday sentenced an Al-Shabaab militant to death and two others to 15 years in jail after convicting them of being behind a deadly bomb attack on November 26, 2016.

In recent years, Al Shabab has lost most of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the UN-backed Somali government.

"There is a trend of increasingly targeting hotels since 2015", Greg Robin, an IED expert at Nairobi-based thinktank Sahan Research, told Reuters.

The insurgents were also increasing their use of truck bombs, he said.

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