Somalia: The Impact of Al-Shabaab's Deadly Attacks Against Mogadishu hotel

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Mogadishu (HAN) July 27, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Security Initiative News – -The blast destroyed at least eight rooms and stunned the residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu; Human blood and pieces of flesh were spattered around the site of the blast targeting the highly targeted Al-Jazeera hotel. Nearby was the wreckage of civilian cars destroyed.

“They wanted to level the entire hotel building,” said Mohamed Ali, a Somali police officer, but failed, due to protections of security and other related security issues.

Al-Shabaab suicide bomber rammed a truck rigged with explosives into the outer wall of one of Mogadishu’s most secure hotels on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and severely damaging the building, local authorities said.

“This is really scary — destroying the Jazeera hotel like this means no blast walls can make anyone safe,” said bystander Yusuf Mohammed. “We have carried 13 dead people and 21 others who were injured, some seriously,” an ambulance worker Abdikadir Abdirahman

The Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killing at least 13 people, a first responder and the rebel group said.

A police officer, Major Nur Osoble, told Reuters a suicide car bomb had rammed the gates of the hotel, damaging the facade.

“It is a response to attacks and helicopter bombing against al Shabaab by AMISOM and the Somali government,” Sheikh Abdiazizs Abu-Musab, Al-Shabaab’s military operation leader told reporters.

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia, was behind the blast, frequently stages bomb and gun attacks in the capital in its bid to topple Somali government. The Somali nation is trying to rebuild after two decades of conflict and chaos.


 

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