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    Death Toll at 20 From al-Shabab Bombings

    Wreckage of cars is seen outside the Jazeera Hotel, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Jan. 2, 2014.
    Wreckage of cars is seen outside the Jazeera Hotel, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Jan. 2, 2014.
    VOA News
    The death toll is up to 20 in Wednesday's bomb attacks in Somalia's capital, for which militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility.

    The updated fatality figure comes from Somali security officials speaking to VOA's Somali Service on condition of anonymity.

    Hospital sources told VOA that another 30 people wounded in the attacks are being treated at Mogadishu's Medina Hospital.

    Al-Shabab Timeline

    2006 - Launches insurgency to take control of Somalia and impose strict Islamic law
    2008 - U.S. declares al-Shabab a foreign terrorist organization
    2009 - Seizes control of parts of Mogadishu and the port city Kismayo
    2010 - Expands control across central and southern Somalia, carries out deadly bombing in Kampala, Uganda
    2011 - Blocks drought/famine aid from areas under its control
    2011 - East African leaders declare al-Shabab a regional threat; Ethiopian, Kenyan troops enter Somalia to pursue the group, which is driven out of Mogadishu
    2012 - Declares itself an al-Qaida ally, loses ground in Somalia, abandons strategic coastal stronghold Kismayo
    2013 - Attacks Mogadishu court complex, killing more than 30 and attacks mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 69 people
    2014 - Attack in Mogadishu kills more than 10 on New Year's Day
    The attacks took place late Wednesday outside a Mogadishu hotel that is popular with government officials and foreigners. A car bomb exploded, triggering gunfire from Somali security forces. A second bomb exploded after emergency personnel arrived on the scene

    Somali and African troops recaptured Mogadishu from al-Shabab in 2011, but the group continues to carry out periodic attacks in the capital.

    The group claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing in September at a Mogadishu hotel that the group said was being used as a base for foreign and local intelligence.

    • Wreckage is seen after an attack outside the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu, Jan. 2, 2014.
    • Somali soldiers stand outside the Jazeera Hotel after an attack in Mogadishu, Jan. 2, 2014.
    • Police officers carry an injured man from the scene of a bomb attack outside the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu, Jan. 1, 2014.
    • A firefighter looks at a destroyed car at the scene of an explosion outside the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu, Jan. 1, 2014.
    • Fire burns at the scene of an explosion outside the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu, Jan. 1, 2014.

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