Five dead in Somalia car bomb attack
At least five people were killed and several wounded when a car bomb was detonated Monday outside a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Voice of America quoted a security officer and witnesses as saying.
The explosion near a checkpoint outside the Afrik Hotel reverberated throughout the city, and sent a massive plume of black smoke into the air.
Abdullahi Ahmed, a security officer who witnessed the blast, said at least five people were killed in the attack, which appeared to be targeting the hotel.
"The area was relatively dense with bystanders and some were killed and wounded in the blast, but we don't have the exact number of casualties."
Other witnesses described being knocked to the ground by the force of the blast, which damaged nearby buildings.