Al-Shabaab says it is responsible for three Somalia attacks

People gather at the scene of an explosion at the Weheliye hotel in Mogadishu on July 10, 2015.

Story highlights

  • Six civilians and five attackers were killed, police say
  • Three attacks took place simultaneously Friday in Mogadishu, officials tell CNN
  • Al-Shabaab claims it was responsible, and that "many" people were killed

(CNN)A stadium housing peacekeepers and two hotels in Somalia's capital were attacked Friday in a coordinated plot by Al-Shabaab militants, intelligence and security officials told CNN.

An Al-Shabaab spokesperson told CNN that the Islamic terrorist group was behind the attacks, and that "many" people were killed as a result.
    Police say six civilians were killed, along with five of the attackers.
    The attacks struck Mogadishu simultaneously, the intelligence and security officials told CNN.
    Mogadishu Stadium, which houses a Ugandan contingent of African Union peacekeepers, suffered a mortar attack, the officials said. No one was killed in the attack.
    Two hotels -- Hotel Weheliye and Hotel Siyad -- were targeted by car bombs, the officials said. It was unknown if there were any deaths.
    Hotel Siyad is located near the presidential palace.