Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)A nearly day-long standoff between Islamic militants and security forces in Somalia ended on Friday after three deadly car bomb explosions killed at least 30 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday night, security sources said.
Armed militants entered a house next to the Makka Al-Mukarama hotel around 9 p.m. local time, after detonating a car packed with explosives at the gate, Mogadishu police officer Ali Farah said.
The explosion took place by the busy Makka Al-Mukarama road during the evening rush hour.The gunmen holed up in the house, having failed to gain entry to the Makka Al-Mukarama hotel or the home of an appeals court judge, Farah said.
An hour after the first explosion, two more car bombs went off — one outside the adjacentHilaac UK restaurant and another farther along the same road at the KM-4 junction.
The three blasts “killed at least 30 people and injured dozens more in Mogadishu, and there are fears the toll could rise,” said Farah, speaking to CNN by phone from the scene.
Al-Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked terror group, claimed responsibility for the car bombings. It said in a statement that its fighters killed several security officials and three soldiers in what it termed a “17-hour hotel siege
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