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Mogadishu bombings: Top Somali officials fired over deadly blasts


The Somali government has fired two top security officials after twin blasts and a siege left at least 27 people dead on Saturday. They came just two weeks after at least 358 people died in another attack, one of the deadliest ever to hit Mogadishu.

Police chief Abdihakin Dahir Saiid and the director of national intelligence, Abdillahi Mohamed Sanbaloosh, were both removed from office on Sunday. The decision came after an emergency cabinet meeting, Somali officials say.

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out Saturday's bombings. Police say three militants were captured alive and two others blew themselves up during the attack. The siege started on Saturday afternoon after a car bomb was driven into the Nasahablod Two hotel. A few minutes later, a second car bomb targeted the former parliament house nearby.

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