Somalia: Mogadishu hotel attacked by gunmen

by admin | Sunday, Nov 1, 2015

20151116358193924484943092At least eight people have been killed in a suicide attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Gunmen used a vehicle packed with explosives to blast their way into the Sahafi hotel compound before storming the building, police said.

Police were still exchanging fire with suspected al-Shabab militants inside the hotel about an hour after the attack started.

The hotel is popular with Somalia’s members of parliament.

A website associated with al-Shabab claimed responsibility, saying that fighters from the al-Qaeda linked group had infiltrated the hotel after an explosion.

The attack comes a day after deadly clashes between jihadist fighters and African Union (AU) troops in Somalia’s Bakool region.

The AU is helping the government battle al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.

Security in Somalia has improved, but al-Shabab still attacks Mogadishu regularly.

The militants have also targeted neighbouring countries, killing almost 150 people in an assault on Garissa University College in Kenya in April.

 

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