Al-Shabaab terrorists bomb Somali hotel, kill 11

Ten civilians and one police officer were killed in a gun and bomb attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists on an upscale beachfront hotel in Somalia’s capital on Sunday, an official told AFP.

Security forces took four hours to regain control of the Elite Hotel in the Lido beach area of Mogadishu after five assailants stormed it early Sunday evening, said information ministry spokesman Ismael Mukhtaar Omar.

“Ten people were dead and five militants were also killed, plus one Somalia special police officer,” Omar told AFP.

Ten civilians and one police officer were killed in a gun and bomb attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists on an upscale beachfront hotel in Somalia’s capital on Sunday, an official told AFP.

Security forces took four hours to regain control of the Elite Hotel in the Lido beach area of Mogadishu after five assailants stormed it early Sunday evening, said information ministry spokesman Ismael Mukhtaar Omar.

“Ten people were dead and five militants were also killed, plus one Somalia special police officer,” Omar told AFP.

It was not clear how Somali security forces managed to end the siege on the hotel and kill the assailants, who at one point were said to have taken hostages.

Earlier on Sunday, while the siege was still ongoing, a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity that one of the assailants had died in the car bomb explosion that kicked off the attack and two others had died in a shootout.

Ambulance workers at the scene reported that at least 28 people were wounded.
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Ten civilians and one police officer were killed in a gun and bomb attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists on an upscale beachfront hotel in Somalia’s capital on Sunday, an official told AFP.

Security forces took four hours to regain control of the Elite Hotel in the Lido beach area of Mogadishu after five assailants stormed it early Sunday evening, said information ministry spokesman Ismael Mukhtaar Omar.

“Ten people were dead and five militants were also killed, plus one Somalia special police officer,” Omar told AFP.

It was not clear how Somali security forces managed to end the siege on the hotel and kill the assailants, who at one point were said to have taken hostages.

Earlier on Sunday, while the siege was still ongoing, a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity that one of the assailants had died in the car bomb explosion that kicked off the attack and two others had died in a shootout.

Ambulance workers at the scene reported that at least 28 people were wounded.

– ‘There is chaos’ –

Witnesses said the attack began with a heavy explosion and people ran from the area as gunfire could be heard from the hotel, which is frequented by government officials.

“The blast was very heavy and I could see smoke in the area. There is chaos and people are fleeing from nearby buildings,” said witness Ali Sayid Adan.

The dead included government official Abdirasak Abdi, who worked at the information ministry, his colleague Hussein Ali said.
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Ten civilians and one police officer were killed in a gun and bomb attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists on an upscale beachfront hotel in Somalia’s capital on Sunday, an official told AFP.

Security forces took four hours to regain control of the Elite Hotel in the Lido beach area of Mogadishu after five assailants stormed it early Sunday evening, said information ministry spokesman Ismael Mukhtaar Omar.

“Ten people were dead and five militants were also killed, plus one Somalia special police officer,” Omar told AFP.

It was not clear how Somali security forces managed to end the siege on the hotel and kill the assailants, who at one point were said to have taken hostages.

Earlier on Sunday, while the siege was still ongoing, a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity that one of the assailants had died in the car bomb explosion that kicked off the attack and two others had died in a shootout.

Ambulance workers at the scene reported that at least 28 people were wounded.

– ‘There is chaos’ –

Witnesses said the attack began with a heavy explosion and people ran from the area as gunfire could be heard from the hotel, which is frequented by government officials.

“The blast was very heavy and I could see smoke in the area. There is chaos and people are fleeing from nearby buildings,” said witness Ali Sayid Adan.

The dead included government official Abdirasak Abdi, who worked at the information ministry, his colleague Hussein Ali said.

Al-Shabaab said they carried out the attack, according to a statement translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

The statement claimed its fighters “took control over the hotel” in the “martyrdom-seeking operation”.

– Hotels targeted –

Somalia plunged into chaos after the 1991 overthrow of then-President Siad Barre’s military regime, leading to years of clan warfare followed by the rise of Al-Shabaab which once controlled large parts of the country and Mogadishu.
Al-Shabaab was driven out of the capital in 2011, but its militants continue to wage war against the government, carrying out regular attacks.

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Al-Shabaab terrorists bomb Somali hotel, kill 11

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