Al Shabab struck in a big way killing 25 people and wounding 40 others in a brazen suicide attack at a hotel in Somalia’s capital on Friday.
According to a statement issued by the Somali government on Saturday 25 persons lost their life in a suicide attack carried out by the Al Shabab extremists.
A statement from Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke’s office said, one Islamic extremist rammed an explosive laden vehicle into the gate of the Central Hotel while another went in and blew himself up.
Central Hotel was the venue of a meeting of Government officials when the terrorist attack took place. The dead included Mogadishu’s deputy mayor and two legislators. It is still not clear if the two bombers were also included in the 25 dead.
Al-Shabab, an Al Qaida affiliated Islamic extremist group based in Somalia claimed responsibility for the attack. Al Shabab has been facing reverses and has lost key strongholds in Somalia continues to hit with impunity in the capital Mogadishu.
Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud condemned the attack and said it would not derail efforts by his government to restore peace to Somalia which is recovering from decades of war.
Capital hotel has been hit for the second time in less than a month. On January 22, three Somali citizens were killed when a suicide bomber blew up in a similar fashion at the gate of the hotel housing the advance party of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited the country days later.
Al-Shabab which controlled much of Mogadishu during the years 2007 to 2011 but was then pushed out by African Union forces.