Militants attack popular Mogadishu hotel, 1 attacker dead

Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016

hotel signMogadishu, Somalia: Some gunmen, suspected to be members of Al-Shabaab group stormed the popular Ambassador Hotel Wednesday here and set off a powerful explosion police said in a statement.

According to Capt. Da’ud Hajji, a senior Somali police officer, the attack at the hotel began after the attackers detonated a car packed with explosives at the gates of the building.

One of the gunmen is dead, and two others remain inside the hotel, a tweet from Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency stated.

So far, security forces have rescued 10 people and cleared out three of the hotel’s four floors, according to the agency. At least three of the people rescued were members of Somalia’s Parliament, informed Aden Osman, a hotel employee who also escaped the attack.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility soon after the attack. It’s a tactic Al-Shabaab has used before, such as an attack at another hotel in the Somali capital last year that left  5 people dead. The militants aim to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state.

The Ambassador Hotel is a popular spot for Somali politicians and Westerners.

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