Somalia: At least 10 murdered by Muslim terrorists in car bomb attack on Mogadishu hotel
At least ten people were murdered on Thursday when Muslim terrorists from the al-Shabaab terror group used a car bomb to blast their way into a major hotel in the capital of Somalia, where they opened fire on guests.
The terror attack took place in a business center in Maka Al Mukaram street which has hotels, shops, and restaurants. Cars in the street were set ablaze and several buildings were damaged.
Mogadishu is regularly targeted by al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorists attempting to dislodge a Western-backed government protected by African Union-mandated peacekeepers.
According to sources, the Muslim terrorists targeted senior officials staying in the famous Maka al-Mukarama hotel.
“There was a suicide blast followed by gunfire, in which the
mujahedeen fighters [Muslim jihadists] targeted the commanders and officials of the Somali government who stayed at the hotel,” the terror group claimed in a statement.
There was also heavy gunfire after the blast.
At the time of the terror attack in the early evening, the street was filled with people relaxing after a day at work.
“The whole area was in flames, and I could see the ambulances rushing to the scene,” said Abdisamed Mohamed, a witness. “There was gunfire too, but we don´t know who was shooting.”
“Over 10 people died. A hotel is burning and other buildings were ruined by the blast. Twenty injured people were carried out. We believe more dead bodies are in the ruined buildings,” Police Major Abdullahi Ali said.
Ali said he did not believe the terrorists were inside the hotel. “But anything can happen because it is dark in some of the buildings because the blast cut the electric wires,” he said.