A lodge in Somalia’s capital has been hit by an explosion and an assault by jihadist rebels, police have confirmed.
A automobile loaded with explosives crashed into the doorway gate of the Afrik Hotel, close to Mogadishu’s strategic Okay-Four junction, on Sunday afternoon, police spokesperson Sadiq Adan Ali mentioned.
A variety of armed gunmen then rapidly invaded the lodge, opening hearth on employees and patrons inside, he mentioned. Government forces responded to the assault, and gunfire could possibly be heard coming from the lodge. Police rescued many individuals from the lodge, together with its proprietor and a military basic.
At least seven wounded civilians could possibly be seen, though police didn’t instantly give casualty figures.
Al-Shabaab, Somalia’s homegrown jihadist insurgent group, claimed accountability for the assault by means of its Andalus radio station.
“We know, they have changed nothing from their usual tactic, ramming explosives into a building and following up, assaulting with rifles,” Ali mentioned.
In a separate incident, not less than eight youngsters have died and scores of others had been wounded when a bomb went off within the Golweyn space, about 40 kilometres north of the coastal city of Merca, some 120 kilometres south of Mogadishu.