Ex­trem­ists kill 23 in So­ma­lia ho­tel siege

Cebu Daily News - - WORLD -

MO­GADISHU, So­ma­lia — So­mali se­cu­rity forces have ended a night­long siege by at a Mo­gadishu ho­tel by five ex­trem­ist at­tack­ers who stormed the build­ing af­ter a sui­cide car bomber det­o­nated an ex­plo­sives-laden ve­hi­cle at the en­trance gate on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The at­tack killed 23 peo­ple.

Troops re­gained con­trol of the Nasa-Hablod ho­tel on Sun­day morn­ing, hav­ing killed three at­tack­ers and cap­tured two alive, said Capt. Mo­hamed Hus­sein.

Al-Shabab, Africa’s dead­li­est Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group, quickly claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

The as­sault started Satur­day af­ter­noon when a sui­cide truck bomb ex­ploded out­side the pop­u­lar ho­tel in the cap­i­tal. The blast twisted ve­hi­cles and caused mas­sive dam­age to nearby build­ings which were left with only their walls stand­ing.

The at­tack­ers in­vaded the ho­tel and gun­fire con­tin­ued as se­cu­rity forces fought them inside the build­ing. Two more blasts were heard, one when an at­tacker det­o­nated a sui­cide vest.

Satur­day’s at­tack came two weeks af­ter more than 350 peo­ple were killed in a mas­sive truck bomb­ing on a busy Mo­gadishu street in So­ma­lia’s worst-ever at­tack.

The govern­ment’s Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity & Wa­ter Salim Aliyow Ibrow was res­cued from the ho­tel as heavy gun­fire con­tin­ued in the shoot-out. Some ex­trem­ists hurled grenades and cut off the build­ing’s elec­tric­ity as night fell.

Among the dead were a mother and three chil­dren, in­clud­ing a baby, all shot in the head, Hus­sein said. Other vic­tims in­cluded a se­nior So­mali po­lice colonel, a for­mer law­maker and a for­mer govern­ment min­is­ter.

Satur­day’s bomber had pre­tended his truck had bro­ken down out­side the gate, said po­lice Col. Mo­hamed Ab­dul­lahi.

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