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Al-Shabaab rebels open fire in Somali hotel

Gunmen from the Islamist al-Shabaab group stormed a popular hotel in the center of the Somali capital

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Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants launched a car bomb attack followed by an armed raid on a Mogadishu hotel Friday, causing several casualties, a police official said.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of a hotel popular with government officials in Mogadishu on Friday afternoon, local police said, the Associated Press reported.

Captain Ali Hussein, a police officer, said at least seven people had been killed and a dozen wounded in the attack. “Death toll is sure to rise,” he said.

(With the Associated Press and Reuters)