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Newsline: Kenyan diplomat, Chinese embassy staffer killed in Somalia hotel blast

Somalia’s president on Monday gave a defiant warning to Shebab insurgents a day after they killed at least 13 people in a bomb attack on a hotel that houses several diplomatic missions. The suicide vehicle attack, the latest in a string of bomb blasts and killings in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation. “The devastation was huge, and so far 13 people, all of them innocent civilians, have been confirmed dead,” Somali government security officer Ahmed Ali said. The Jazeera Palace hotel is home to the diplomatic missions of China, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and is popular among Somali government officials and foreign visitors. Beijing said Monday one of its embassy staff was killed and three others slightly wounded. AU troops helped rescue survivors, including Kenya’s ambassador to Somalia, spokesman Paddy Ankunda said.



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