In Mogadishu Dozens Killed As Militants Storm Hotel

uni1464859077{BNN / MOGADISHU, Somalia} – A suicide car bomber set off a bomb outside a hotel which was followed by gunfire killing 15 people at Somali capital of Mogadishu on June 1.

According to reports, Hotel Ambassador was frequented by lawmakers.

Two lawmakers died in the attack. The siege at the hotel ended early morning on June 2.

Residents said that they could hear gunfire till late at night.

Major Ibrahim Hassan, a police officer, said, “Lawmakers Mohamud Mohamed and Abdullahi Jamac died in the hotel. They lived in it. Many other people including lawmakers were rescued. The operation is about to end now. So far the death toll we have is 15 dead and 20 others wounded.”

Three militants were also reportedly killed in the attack.

One of them died in the bomb blast, while the other two were killed by the Somali police.

Authorities reported that at least 40 people have been injured in the attack.

Bystanders, that were injured by the blast have been rushed to the nearby hospital.

Reports have said that al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the attack.

They said that 20 people had been killed besides the two lawmakers.

Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, said, “We targeted the members of the apostate government… We killed many of them inside and we shall give details later. Our mujahideen are on the top floor of the hotel building.”

President Hassan sheikh Mohamud said in a statement, “I send condolences to the relatives of lawmakers Abdullahi Jamac and Mohamud Mohamed and likewise to the relatives of all those martyred in the barbaric attack. These barbaric attacks are aimed to frighten citizens so that they do not support governance and peace and that will never happen.”

al Shabaab had been responsible for the attack near a hotel in February in which nine people had been killed. In January, they had attacked a beach-front hotel, killing 17 people.

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