MPs among dead in Mogadishu hotel attack

By MiNDFOOD

A vehicle burns at the scene of a suicide car bombing outside Hotel Ambassador on Maka Al Mukaram Road in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
A vehicle burns at the scene of a suicide car bombing outside Hotel Ambassador on Maka Al Mukaram Road in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

At least 10 people, including two MPs, are dead and more than 50 wounded after gunmen stormed a hotel in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

The attackers set off a car bomb before entering the Ambassador Hotel

The al-Shabab militant group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabab is battling the UN-backed government after being driven from Mogadishu in 2011.

The government, with the help of African Union forces, is fighting al-shahab which frequently carries out attacks on the city.

According to the BBC, their Somali reporter Ibrahim Aden said the explosion “is one of the largest to hit the city and the scale of destruction is huge”.

 

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