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Al-Shabab attacks Mogadishu hotel

Attack started when a car bomb was detonated  Photo: REUTERS
Attack started when a car bomb was detonated

Al-Shabab gunmen have taken hostages in a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu in an attack that has left at least seven dead, health workers say.

The Somali army is attempting to retake the Naso-Hablod hotel after militants detonated a car bomb and stormed it, police said.

Reports said the victims included three security guards.

Al-Shabab militants frequently carry out attacks in the city in their bid to topple the Western-backed government.

The group said it targeted the hotel which was “frequented by the apostate government members”, Reuters news agency reported.

The Naso-Hablod, in southern Mogadishu, is often used by politicians and tourists.

Gunfire erupted between Somali forces and the attackers        Photo: REUTERS

It is not known how many gunmen entered the hotel nor how many guests were inside.

A witness told the Associated Press news agency the gunmen shot randomly at guests.

“They were shooting at everyone they could see. I escaped through the back door,” Ali Mohamud said.

At least 10 other people have been wounded.

Map of Somalia - updated September 2015

Earlier this month at least 10 people were killed and 50 injured in an attack on another hotel in the Somali capital, which was claimed by al-Shabab.

The al-Qaeda-linked group was driven from Mogadishu in 2011 but still remains a threat and frequently carries out attacks in the city.

The government, with the help of African Union forces, is fighting al-Shabab militants in several parts of the country.

 

Source: BBC

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