Three car bombs kill at least 10 in ho­tel blast

The Scotsman - - World News - By FARAH ABDI

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

The blasts ap­peared to be sui­cide bombs that 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 Cap­tain Mo­hamed Hus­sein. Some of the vic­tims were burned beyond recog­ni­tion when one car bomb ex­ploded next to a minibus, he said.

“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.”

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.

So­ma­lia’s Islamic ex­trem­ist rebels, al­shabab, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bombs.

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