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Two explosions at the Jazira Hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu have caused casualties, local radio has reported.
Police sources have said that six people were killed and another eight injured in the blasts.
The director of ambulance services, however, told Reuters that 11 people were killed and at least 17 injured.*
According to local radio reports, gunfire was heard shortly before two quickly successive explosions outside the hotel, often frequented by the country’s ministers.
The Associated Press quoted police sources which confirmed the explosions outside the hotel, located near Mogadishu’s international airport.
At press time, there were unconfirmed reports of a third explosion as casualties were being evacuated from the scene.