BREAKING: At Least 15 Dead After Gunmen Storm Hotel – It’s Happening
At least 15 people were killed and 25 more were injured on Saturday in the Somali capital of Mogadishu after an explosion went off at a hotel as gunmen fought their way in. This comes weeks after the devastating terrorist attack in Orlando that left 49 people dead at the hands of a radical Islamic terrorist.
A team of gunmen took hotel guests hostage after storming the building in a Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu on Saturday, police have revealed.
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the Nasa-Hablod hotel near the capital’s busy KM-4 junction, followed by a second explosion heard inside the hotel as gunmen fought their way in, police said. At least four bodies were seen outside the hotel, one officer said.
The number of hostages was unclear. The attackers hurled grenades and fired machine guns to resist security forces trying to reach them on the second floor, police captain Mohamed Hussein said.
Security forces killed at least two of the attackers who have deployed snipers on the hotel rooftop, Hussein added.
The attackers “took positions behind blast walls and sandbags; fighting is still ongoing,” he said, as gunfire could be heard in the background.
A witness to the attack, Ali Mohamud, said the attackers randomly shot at guests at the hotel.
“They were shooting at everyone they could see. I escaped through the back door,” he said.
Yusuf Ali, an ambulance driver, told The Associated Press that he evacuated 11 people injured in the attack to hospitals.
“Most of them were wounded in crossfire,” he said
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. The Somalia-based, al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab extremist group has been waging a deadly insurgency across large parts of Somalia and often employs suicide car bomb attacks to penetrate heavily fortified targets in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
In early June, an overnight siege by extremist gunmen at another hotel in the capital killed least 15 people, including two members of parliament. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for that attack.
The latest attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, during which extremists often step up attacks in this volatile East African country.
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