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Tuesday 17 September 2019

10 killed by car bombs in front of hotel in Somali capital

The blasts appeared to be suicide bombs that detonated near the perimeter wall of the Sahafi Hotel.

A Somali helps an injured civilian (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali helps an injured civilian (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

By Farah Abdi and Abdi Guled, Associated Press

Three car bombs have been triggered by Islamic extremists outside a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15, police said.

The blasts appeared to be suicide bombs that detonated near the perimeter wall of the Sahafi Hotel, which is across the street from the Somali Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department, said Captain Mohamed Hussein.

Some of the victims were burned beyond recognition when one car bomb exploded next to a minibus, he said.

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Somalis carry away an injured civilian (Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP)

Security forces shot dead four gunmen who tried to storm through a hole in the hotel’s wall, he said.

Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab claimed the bombs, according to the group’s Adalus radio station.

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