New Somali President Safe After Explosion

Posted September 12th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia's new president and Kenya's foreign minister are safe after a bomb attack at the Mogadishu hotel where they were speaking.

VOA correspondent Gabe Joselow, who was at the hotel, says two bombs detonated outside the building Wednesday as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Kenyan Foreign Minister Samson Ongeri were holding a news conference inside.

He says both men were unharmed but that a number of African Union soldiers were killed or wounded in the attack.

Mr. Mohamud was elected president by Somalia's parliament on Monday. The election was the final step of a U.N.-backed plan to bring a stable central government to Somalia.

The last stable government collapsed in 1991.