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Suspected Car Bomb Kills 2 in Somalia

Police in Somalia say a suspected car bomb has exploded outside a hotel in Mogadishu, killing at least two people.

Witnesses say a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives Friday to the gate of a popular hotel, Maka al-Mukarah, in central Mogadishu.

Officials say there were also an unknown number of people injured in the attack and say the death toll could rise.

Reports say another explosion was heard shortly before the hotel attack in the same area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but al-Shabab militants periodically carry out bomb attacks in Mogadishu.



Al-Shabab once controlled most of the Somali capital, but the group was driven out of Mogadishu and other major Somali cities by an African-Union-led peacekeeping force.

The al-Qaida-linked group is still considered a threat. In September, al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an assault on a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, that killed more than 60 people.

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