Attack Hotel in the capital city
Police confirmed that a hotel in the capital of Somalia was hit by an explosion and attack by jihadist rebels.
Police spokesperson Sadık Adan Ali said on Sunday afternoon an explosive-laden vehicle fell at the entrance of the Afrika hotel near Mogadishu’s strategic K-4 junction.
A number of gunmen then quickly occupied the hotel, firing on staff and bosses inside. Government forces intervened in the attack and shots were heard from the hotel. The police rescued several people from the hotel, including the hotel owner and an army general.
At least seven wounded civilians were seen, although the police did not immediately provide the figures of the wounded.
Somalia’s indigenous jihadist rebels, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack through the Andalusian radio station.
“We know that they changed nothing from their usual tactics, from hitting explosives into a building and chasing them with rifles,” Ali said.
In a separate incident, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the coastal town of Merca, 120 kilometers (74 miles) south of the Golweyn area, at least eight children died and several children were injured when a bomb exploded in the area. Mogadishu