Gunfire and an explosion were heard in a hotel near the Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu. The terrorist organization Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an armed attack on a hotel in the capital of Somalia on Sunday.
Al-Shabab announced on its own radio frequency on Sunday that its fighters had attacked the Villa Rose Hotel, which has a restaurant popular with government and security officials. Eyewitnesses said several government officials were in the hotel when the attack began.
The hotel is located not far from the presidential palace in the center of Mogadishu, where an explosion was heard, followed by gunfire. There is no information about possible victims. The state minister for the environment, Adam Aw Hirsi, wrote on Twitter that he was safe after a “terrorist explosion targeted at my residence” at the hotel, where many government officials stay.
“We were shaken by a huge blast, followed by a heavy exchange of gunfire,” said Ahmed Abdullahi, who lives close to the scene of the explosion. We are just indoors and listening to gunfire”. Such terrorist attacks are common in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia.
Last month, at least 120 people were killed in two bombings at a busy intersection in Mogadishu. “Our people who were massacred … included mothers with their children in their arms, fathers who had medical conditions, students who were sent to study, businessmen who were struggling with the lives of their families,” Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said after visiting the site of the October 30 blast.
Attack on a hotel in Somalia’s Kismayo back in October
“In the explosion, nine people including students and civilians were killed and 47 others were injured, some of them seriously,” Dhumal said. “The hotel where the explosion happened was near a school so many students were injured”.
“This is not a government target,” said police officer Abdullahi Ismail back in October. “It is just an ordinary, civilian-frequented hotel”. The terrorist organization Al-Shabab frequently carries out attacks targeting security forces and civilian areas in Somalia. It is linked to Al-Qaeda.