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Huge blast in hotel in Somalia's Kismayu, followed by gunfire


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MOGADISHU, July 12 (Reuters) - A car bomb went off in a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayu where local elders and lawmakers were meeting, followed by gunfire, a police officer said on Friday.

The Islamist militant group al Shabaab, linked to Qaeda, said it had carried out a suicide attack.

"A blast occurred in Hotel Asasey in the heart of Kismayu, followed by gunfire. Local elders and lawmakers were having a meeting there. It is too early to know if there are any casualties," Major Mohamed Abdi, a police officer, told Reuters from Kismayu.






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