Somali Islamist group al-Shabab detonates car bomb, storms hotel

 Somali-Islamist-group-al-Shabab-detonates-car-bomb-storms-hotel.  MOGADISHU, Somalia, Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab said it detonated a car bomb outside a hotel in central Mogadishu and took control of the building.

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Militant group al-Shabab said it detonated a car bomb outside a hotel and park in central Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Image by EBPhoto/Shutterstock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is unclear if there were any casualties after the bomb went off outside the Somali Youth League hotel and Mogadishu Peace Park just before 8 p.m. local time.

Witnesses said they also heard gunfire after the bombing. Some news reports said hundreds of people where nearby when the bomb went off.

The attack comes a day after a bombing on the presidential palace in Mogadishu that left three people dead.

By Amy R. Connolly

UPI NEWS