Bombs tar­get So­mali ho­tel; deaths at 20

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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 across the street from a po­lice sta­tion, 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 in the ho­tel’s wall but did not suc­ceed in en­ter­ing, he said.

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

Among the dead was the man­ager of the Sa­hafi Ho­tel, whose fa­ther was the owner of the ho­tel be­fore he was killed in an al-Shabab at­tack on the estab­lish­ment in 2015, Hus­sein said.

AP/FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH

So­ma­lis carry away a per­son wounded in one of the bomb blasts Fri­day at the Sa­hafi Ho­tel in Mogadishu.

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