Heavy security presence in Somalia capital after twin blasts

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Hundreds of Somali soldiers have erected new security checkpoints across the capital, Mogadishu, a day after attacks by Islamic extremists killed at least nine civilians and wounded several others.

The government security forces patrolled the city's streets Saturday following the attacks Friday night on a hotel and a nearby public garden.

Police said at least five militants from the group al-Shabab were also killed in the attacks on SYL Hotel and the Peace Garden, which each involved suicide car bombers.

The first blast, at the hotel, sent a loud echo across the city, shattering windows and ripping the roofs off many nearby buildings.

A hospital official said more than 20 of the wounded are being treated at local hospitals.