Somalia: Huge Explosion Heard in Downtown Mogadishu

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A powerful explosion was heard in the heart of Mogadishu on Thursday night, at around 9:00 p.m. local time, witnesses said. The deafening blast happened when a car laden with explosives detonated outside Hilaac UK hotel along the busy Makka Al-Mukarama road in the capital. The car bomb explosion was followed by sustained gunfire by the hotel security guards. The details of the casualties are still sketchy.

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