Hotel Attack Killed At Least 15 in Somali Capital


At least 15 people are confirmed dead and over a dozen others are injured after 4 gunmen attacked the 4-storey Elite Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia. The attack started in the afternoon when a car bomb was detonated at the security gate of the hotel. The attackers later ran into the building and took hostages before engaging security forces in a firefight. According to local police and security forces' reports, among the dead include 3 hotel security guards, 4 civilians, 2 government employees, and other "unidentified victims". The reports also indicate that security forces managed to kill all 4 attackers in a nearly 5-hour-long battle at the beachside hotel.  

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As of now, no person or group have claimed responsibility over the attack, though Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has blamed the attack on the al-Shabaab militant group. The Elite Hotel is popular with businesspeople, journalists, officials, and politicians.

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