MOGADISHU, Somalia — A hotel in Somalia’s capital has been hit by an explosion and an attack by jihadist rebels, police hold confirmed.
A automobile loaded with explosives crashed into the entrance gate of the Afrik hotel, come Mogadishu’s strategic K-4 junction, on Sunday afternoon, police spokesman Sadiq Adan Ali stated.
A series of armed gunmen then immediate invaded the hotel, opening fire on workers and patrons inside, he stated. Government forces answered to the attack and gunfire could well per chance additionally be heard coming from the hotel. Police rescued many individuals from the hotel, including its proprietor and an navy ordinary.
No longer less than seven wounded civilians could well per chance additionally be seen though police did now no longer instantly give casualty figures.
Al-Shabab, Somalia’s homegrown jihadist rebels, claimed accountability for the attack through their Andalus radio situation.
“We know, they hold changed nothing from their popular tactic, ramming explosives into a building and following up, assaulting with rifles,” stated Ali.
In a separate incident, a minimum of eight childhood hold died and ratings of others were wounded when a bomb went off in the Golweyn space, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the coastal city of Merca, some 120 kilometers (74 miles) south of Mogadishu.
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