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Somalian president's hotel targeted by bomber

  • A suicide attack took place on Wednesday outside the gates of a hotel in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, where the new president was staying.

    The bomber and four security officers were killed.

    President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was at the Jazeera hotel near the airport, is reported to be unharmed.

    The al-Qaeda-aligned group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the president's election was organized by the "enemies of Somalia".

    According to witnesses, two militants parked a vehicle near the hotel and headed towards the building on foot.

    One man blew himself up at the gate, killing two Somali soldiers and two African Union soldiers.

    A second man ran into the hotel firing a gun and wounding a policeman.

    The second attacker was shot dead before there was a further explosion.