Dead after terrorist attack in Somalia
Two suicide bombers blow themselves up and a luxury hotel is stormed: Islamists kill at least eight people in the capital of Somalia.
Somali security forces broke up a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel in the capital Mogadishu early Saturday morning. Fighters from the Islamist terrorist group Al-Shabaab stormed the hotel on Friday evening and killed at least eight people, including five hotel guests, two guards and a police officer, the police told the German Press Agency.
In addition, six Al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the attack on the Pearl Beach Hotel on Lido Beach.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the hotel’s entrance on Friday evening, and gunmen then stormed the building, police officer Mohamed Dahir said on Saturday.
During the siege, more than 120 people, mostly women and children, were rescued from the hotel and adjacent facilities. Another security official said the attackers took hotel guests hostage, making the security forces’ job difficult.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the crime via the pro-Islamist radio station Andalus. The group has been waging attacks and violence on the country on the Horn of Africa, which has a population of around 16 million, for years.