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Suicide bombs target Somali president

Sept. 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM   |   Comments

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, where the country's new president was staying, was attacked by suicide bombers, witnesses said Wednesday.

Somali President Hassan Skeikh Mohamud was in the hotel when two explosives-filled vehicles, each with one person on board, rammed the hotel gate, the Somali news agency Garowe Online said Wednesday, noting the president was not injured.

Casualty figures were not confirmed, but witnesses reported explosions and chaos, the news agency said, adding that no group had claimed responsibility.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group has been responsible for a series of suicide bombs and roadside explosions in Somalia.

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