Blasts kill at least 3 people in Mogadishu

Feb. 22, 2010 at 8:57 AM
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MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Bomb blasts in Mogadishu, Somalia, killed at least three people in an area controlled by an insurgent Islamic group, witnesses said.

The powerful blasts, heard throughout Mogadishu, occurred late Sunday around the Hotel Salama in the city's Hamarjadid neighborhood, witnesses told Shabelle Media Network in a story reported Monday.

It was not clear if the blasts had targets or were accidental, witnesses said.

Mujahedin Islamic guerrillas reached the scene first and halted traffic, witnesses told Shabelle. The bodies were taken to a high school in an area of Mogadishu under the control of the fighters.

Spokesmen for the Islamic group said they knew nothing about the blasts or who the targets might have been.

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