Mogadishu car bomb, hotel siege leave 23 dead in Somalia

Emergency services rushed to the scene of a car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 28. At least 23 people were killed by the blasts and gunfire inside the targeted hotel. Photo by Yusuf Warsame/EPA-EFE/SAID

Oct. 29 (UPI) — A reported 23 people are dead in the wake of a terrorist attack carried out in Somalia’s capital over the weekend.

The attack began on Saturday when a pair of car bombs exploded at the entrance to a popular Mogadishu hotel, killing guards and bystanders, and destroying many surrounding buildings.

After the blast, a group of gunman invaded the Nasa Hablod Two Hotel, not far from Somalia’s presidential palace. The extremists, alleged to be members of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, a group linked with al-Qaeda, engaged in gunfire with security forces inside the hotel.

The siege of the hotel lasted 15 hours, but ended Sunday morning with two militants dead and three others in custody.

A pair of politicians, Abdinasir Garane, a former member of the nation’s parliament, and Madoobe Nuunow, a regional minister, were killed in the attack.

Local politicians, police officials and security personnel had gathered in Mogadishu to discuss plans to combat al-Shabab. The meeting was scheduled for Sunday.

According to BBC, the extremists said they targeted the hotel because its high-profile political guests.

More than 40 people were wounded during the attacks.

Earlier this month, nearly 300 were killed in a series of bombings carried out by al-Shabab in Mogadishu.


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