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3 car bombs explode in front of hotel in Somalia's capital

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 10:06 a.m.
On Nov. 9, 2018, the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, was the scene of another bombing. It was just over three years ago — on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 — that a suicide car bomb went off at the hotel often frequented by Somali government officials and business executives.
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On Nov. 9, 2018, the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, was the scene of another bombing. It was just over three years ago — on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 — that a suicide car bomb went off at the hotel often frequented by Somali government officials and business executives.

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Three car bombs by Islamic extremists exploded outside a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, causing many civilian casualties, 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 Capt. Mohamed Hussein.

Somali security forces shot dead four gunmen who tried to storm into the hotel, but they did not succeed, he said.

There could be significant casualties from the explosions, said Hussein. Witnesses said there are many bodies in the street.

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

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