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A suicide bomber Thursday targeted a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish officials were staying ahead of a visit to Somalia by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Explosion-Rocks-Abuja-300x232

The bomber drove a car towards the hotel and blew it up, destroying the front gate, said a security official, who requested anonymity.

Three police officers were killed and several injured, but none of the Turkish or Somali officials inside the hotel were harmed.

The radical Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed the attack on the website somalimemo.net.

Security has been beefed up ahead of Erdogan’s visit on Friday.

GNA

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