An Islamic terror attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu has left several dead including two lawmakers.
The attack occurred on Wednesday evening on the Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, a hotel commonly used by government and business personnel.
The extremists usually step up their attacks during times like this when the Muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan.
Like most hotel attacks, the terrorists used a vehicle filled with explosives. The vehicle was detonated by a suicide bomber at the gate of the Ambassador hotel. Some terrorists made their way into the building after the explosion, battling security forces for hours.
“A VBIED (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) exploded at the Ambassador Hotel, Makkah Almukarramah street,
“According to latest information received there was a follow-up complex attack and the hotel was penetrated and an ongoing fire fight is in progress,” a security source said.
Reports from medical and security officials are stating that at least 10 people were found dead at the scene of the attack while about 40 were injured. Somalia’s state news agency Sonna said the death toll was likely to rise.
Among those killed as a result of the attack were two members of parliament, Abdullahi Jama Kabaweyne and Mohamoud Mohamed Gure.
“I was the first person to reach scene. The damage was enormous,” Dr Abdulkadir Andirahman Haji Adentold the BBC.
“My brother and his son were among those injured. We are now in Medina hospital and it is overcrowded with wounded people. I have never seen something like this.”
Al-Shabab which majorly operates in Somailia claimed responsibility for the attack. The al-Qaeda- linked terrorists
“The attack was started with a heavy explosion and members from the Mujahedeen fighters stormed the building,” Al-Shabaab said in a statement.
Although Al-Shabab millitants were chased out of Mogadishu in 2011, the extremists still frequently carry out attacks on the East African country.