Dozens of people killed in Mogadishu, Somalia car bombings near Sahafi Hotel

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Monday, November 12, 2018

On Friday at about 4 p.m. local time, four car bombs detonated near Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. About four to five armed attackers reportedly attempted to enter the hotel through a hole in the wall. The attackers were shot by police and the hotel security guards. This has resulted in the death of at least 53 people and injury of at least 100 people, Agence France-Presse news agency quoted officials on Sunday morning.

A witness, Abdiaziz Ibrahim, who was a former spokesperson for the Internal Security Ministry, said the attackers were dressed in police uniform, according to CNN. The victim count continued to rise on Saturday. According to a police official, some of the bodies were burnt and impossible to identify.

al-Shabab, a militant Islamist group in Somalia, claimed the attack. According to Reuters, they said the hotel was a "government base" where "government officials" were always present.

The owner of the hotel also died in the attack. The hotel was located in the vicinity of Somalia's Criminal Investigations Department.


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