Jihadist rebels lunch an attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital on Sunday afternoon, January 31.
According to the police, Mogadishu was hit by an explosion after a vehicle loaded with explosives crashed into the entrance gate of the Afrik hotel, near Mogadishu’s strategic K-4 junction.
The police spokesman Sadiq Adan Ali said a number of armed gunmen then quickly invaded the hotel, opening fire on staff and patrons inside.
Government forces responded to the attack and gunfire could be heard coming from the hotel. Police rescued many people from the hotel, including its owner and an army general.
Al-Shabab, Somalia’s homegrown jihadist rebels, claimed responsibility for the attack through their Andalus radio station.
The police spokesperson said:
“We know, they have changed nothing from their usual tactic, ramming explosives into a building and following up, assaulting with rifles,”
As at the time of this report, at least seven wounded civilians could be seen although police did not immediately give casualty figures.
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