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At least nine people dead after attack on Mogadishu hotel in Somalia

A suicide car bomb struck the entrance of Hotel Afrik, in the heart of Mogadishu, and was followed by massive gunfire.

Feb 1st 2021 ยท 1 min read
Ambulances attend the site where a bomb exploded in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday. Somali police say the al-Shabab jihadist group claims responsibility. Photo: AFP
Ambulances attend the site where a bomb exploded in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday. Somali police say the al-Shabab jihadist group claims responsibility. Photo: AFP

An attack on a hotel in the centre of the Somali capital on Sunday has left more than nine people dead.

A suicide car bomb struck the entrance of Hotel Afrik, in the heart of Mogadishu, and was followed by massive gunfire, according to a DPA reporter who was at the scene at the time of the explosion.

Police officer Ali Hassan said suspected Islamist gunmen had stormed the hotel after the explosion.

Hassan told DPA that more than nine people, most of them civilians, were killed dead in the attack.

Several ambulances ferried the wounded to hospital.

Small explosions, likely hand grenades, and gunfire could still be heard in the area.

It was initially unclear who was behind the attack, but the Sunni terrorist militia al-Shabab repeatedly carries out attacks in Somalia. They often target hotels where politicians, security forces, but also ordinary civilians meet.

For years, the fundamentalists have been fighting for supremacy in the impoverished country in the Horn of Africa and control large parts of the south and centre.

On February 8, Somalia is expected to hold a presidential election.

last updated: 2021-02-01@04:02