Blasts Hit Hotel Where New Somali President Meets Kenyan Minister

Hassah Sheikh Mohamud was elected Somalia's new president in a "historic" vote (AFP/File, Abdurashid Abdulle Abikar)

AFP – Hassah Sheikh Mohamud was elected Somalia’s new president in a “historic” vote (AFP/File, Abdurashid Abdulle Abikar)

AFP – Somalia’s new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed after two blasts rocked the Mogadishu hotel where he was meeting a Kenyan minister Wednesday, the African Union mission to Somalia said.

“There has been a blast around the hotel where the president was. The president is safe. All the people who were inside the hotel are safe,” Colonel Ali Houmed, a spokesman for the force, told AFP.

Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents were behind the attack, the group’s spokesman told AFP.

“We are responsible for the attack against the so-called president and the delegation,” spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said.

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