Suicide Bomber Misfires While Parking, Kills Only Himself

No one else injured in Mogadishu
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2014 9:33 AM CDT
A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of a car bomb that went off near the gate of one of Mogadishu's most popular hotels.   (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

(Newser) – A suicide car bomber accidentally detonated his explosives near a popular hotel in the Somali capital and managed to kill only himself, say police. The bomber appeared to have prematurely detonated his explosives-laden car today as he tried to park near the Mogadishu hotel. No others were hurt or killed in the blast. The al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab frequently carries out attacks against the Somali government, the UN, and African Union peacekeepers. Last month, a suicide car bomber detonated his car at a teashop near Somalia's intelligence agency headquarters, killing at least 12 people. (Read more Somalia stories.)

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