Sui­cide bombs leave 20 dead in So­ma­lia

De­vices det­o­nated in cars out­side Mogadishu ho­tel

Waterloo Region Record - - Canada & World - FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH AND ABDI GULED

MOGADISHU, SO­MA­LIA — Four car bombs by Is­lamic ex­trem­ists ex­ploded out­side a ho­tel in the cap­i­tal, Mogadishu, Fri­day af­ter­noon killing at least 20 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 17, said po­lice.

Af­ter the three ex­plo­sions in front of the ho­tel, a fourth blast hit as medics at­tempted to res­cue the in­jured. The sui­cide bombs det­o­nated near the perime­ter wall of the Sa­hafi Ho­tel, which is lo­cated across the street from the So­mali Po­lice Force’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment, said Capt. Mo­hamed Hus­sein.

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

So­mali se­cu­rity forces shot dead four gun­men who tried to storm through a hole blown into the ho­tel’s wall but did not suc­ceed in en­ter­ing, he said.

“Although they failed to ac­cess the ho­tel, the blasts out­side the ho­tel killed many peo­ple,” said Hus­sein.

“The street was crowded with peo­ple and cars, bod­ies were ev­ery­where,” said Hus­sein Nur, a shop­keeper who suf­fered light shrap­nel in­juries on his right hand. “Gun­fire killed sev­eral peo­ple, too.” So­ma­lia’s al-Shabab, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

There were at least 17 peo­ple in­jured in the blasts which Is­lamic ex­trem­ists al-Shabab took re­spon­si­bil­ity for.

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