TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Bombers target hotel in Somalia's capital

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 8:24 p.m.
 

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Two car bombs exploded on Wednesday night outside a hotel in Somalia's capital that often is used by foreigners and government officials, killing at least six people and wounding eight, police said. The explosions occurred a day after al-Qaida-linked Islamist rebels warned Mogadishu to brace for an attack.

Gen. Abdihakim Saed, Somalia's police chief, told a local radio station two men who appeared to be suicide bombers died during the attack when they tried to force their way into the Jazeera Hotel as the cars exploded. Security forces shot and killed them.

Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press that shortly after the first explosion occurred outside the heavily guarded hotel near Mogadishu's international airport, civilians and hotel guards rushed to the scene. At that point, he said, the second car bomb exploded, causing most of the casualties.

Saed said security forces “foiled” what could have been a much deadlier New Year's Day attack. “Our forces were on high alert for about two days after we received information about an imminent attack,” he said.

No one claimed responsibility for the blasts immediately. The al-Qaida-linked Islamic rebels of al-Shabab frequently stage lethal attacks in Somalia near the seat of government and at sites popular with foreigners.

In a radio message on Tuesday, a senior al-Shabab commander warned civilians to stay away from government buildings and sites controlled or owned by foreigners.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic
  2. Iran acts to comply with interim nuclear deal with world powers, IAEA says
  3. Abbas seems desperate in round of belligerent rhetoric
  4. WHO: Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak is officially over
  5. Loophole rewards expelled Nazi suspects with Social Security benefits
  6. Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of new things’
  7. Kurds, U.S. warplanes run ISIS out of Syrian border town of Kobani
  8. Teams save foreign hikers stranded on Nepal trails
  9. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung agrees to talks with protesters
  10. Shiites killed in series of attacks on Baghdad
  11. Kobani ground defense struggles
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.