4 car bombs ex­plode by ho­tel in So­ma­lia’s cap­i­tal, killing 20

Hartford Courant - - World&nation -

MOGADISHU, So­ma­lia — Four car bombs were det­o­nated by Islamic ex­trem­ists out­side a ho­tel in the cap­i­tal, Mogadishu, on 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 ex­ploded 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, 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.

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