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Mogadishu car bomb blast kills 15

Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group launched a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the center of Mogadishu before fighters stormed inside that killed at least 15 people and injured 20, police said.

Police said at least 15 people had died and 20 others were wounded. Gunfire echoed round the seaside city after the blast and ambulances raced to the scene.

“We attacked the hotel which was frequented by the apostate government members,” al Shabaab military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told media adding that the group’s fighters were inside the building.