MOGADISHU, Somalia – Three car bombs by Islamic extremists exploded outside a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15, the police said.
The explosions seem to be suicide bombings that have exploded near the wall of the hotel Sahafi, located in front of the criminal investigation department of the Somali police, said Captain Mohamed Hussein.
Some of the victims were burned to the point of no longer being recognized when a car bomb exploded near a minibus, he said.
"The street was full of people and cars, the bodies were everywhere," said Hussein Nur, a shopkeeper who was slightly injured by shrapnel in his right hand. "Shots also killed several people."
Somali security forces shot and killed four armed men who had tried to get through a hole in the hotel wall but had not managed to enter, he said.
The explosions could cause considerable losses, said Hussein. Witnesses said that there was a lot of bodies on the street.
Somali Islamist extremist rebels, al-Shabab, have claimed responsibility for the bombs, according to group radio, Adalus.
Guled reported in Nairobi, Kenya.
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