Suicide car bombers hit hotel in Somalia’s capital

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Suicide attackers set off two car bombs at a hotel near the headquarters of Somalia’s Criminal Investigations Department in Mogadishu Friday, killing at least 17, police said.

Guards at Hotel Sahafi and CID officers opened fire after the blasts, police added. Then, about 20 minutes later, a third explosion hit the busy street, witnesses said.

“The blasts targeted Hotel Sahafi which is just opposite the CID,” Mohammed Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Islamists from the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group have mounted regular attacks in the capital.