Car Bomb Near Somalia Hotel Leaves 4 Dead

Diplomat killed; at least 15 reported injured
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2013 3:58 PM CST
Car Bomb Near Somalia Hotel Leaves 4 Dead
Somali soldiers stand near a destroyed car after a bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

A car bombing near a pricey hotel in the Somali capital has killed at least four people and wounded 15, says a government spokesman; a hospital official put the number admitted at 22. One of those killed was top diplomat Abdulkadir Ali Dhuub, formerly acting ambassador to the UK, AFP reports, noting that the Maka al Mukarama hotel is frequented by officials and businessmen. Officials arrested a man wearing a suicide bombing vest after the attack, the spokesman says. Militants of al-Shabab, the group that claimed responsibility for September's Kenya mall attack, are often behind bombings in Mogadishu, the AP notes; they're commonly aimed at the government. (More Somalia stories.)

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