Al-Shabab kills ten in Somalia hotel attack

Armed men detonate explosives and take hostages at hotel popular with government officials in Mogadishu.

    Al-Shabab kills ten in Somalia hotel attack
    The attack started with a bombing at the gate of the hotel [Mustaf Shafana/Al Jazeera]

    At least ten people have been killed in an attack on a hotel popular with government officials in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

    The African Union mission to Somalia, AMISOM, confirmed to Al Jazeera that there had been an explosion followed by gunfire at the Makka al-Mukarama hotel on Friday. 

    An AMISOM spokesman said al-Shabab fighters got out of a car that then exploded. The armed men then entered the hotel and gunfire was heard. The fighters took hostages, the spokesman added.

    Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. The group attacked the same hotel, popular with government officials and foreigners, in November 2013. 

    At least four gunmen trapped an unknown number of people inside the building, security official Captain Mohamed Hussein told the Associated Press news agency.

    Some people jumped out of the hotel's windows, and one who made it safely outside said the attackers were killing anyone they could find.

    Somali special forces, facing bullets from gunmen holed up inside dark corners of the hotel, aimed their weapons at the hotel's windows.

    Somalia's ambassador to Switzerland, Yusuf Mohamed Baribari, was also killed in the attack, medical sources told Al Jazeera.

    [Mustaf Shafana/Al Jazeera]
    [Mustaf Shafana/Al Jazeera] 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.