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More than a Dozen Killed in Attack on Somali Hotel

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | June 02, 2016

More than a Dozen Killed in Attack on Somali Hotel

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At least 15 people were killed in Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu Wednesday when gunmen stormed a hotel, the Associated Press reported.

The siege at the popular Ambassador Hotel ended Thursday when Somali security forces killed the last of the three attackers.

Terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which began Wednesday night when the gunmen detonated a vehicle outside of the hotel. One of the gunmen was killed in the explosion.

Citing a nurse at nearby Madina hospital, the AP reported that 40 people were injured in the attack, with six succumbing to their injuries. Nine other bodies were removed from the hotel following the siege. 

At least two Parliament members were killed in the attack, CNN reported.

The attack, which targeted government officials as well as citizens, was condemned by the Chairman of the African Union Commission for Somalia Francisco Madeira.

Wednesday's attack comes just seven months after Al-Shabaab militants killed more than a dozen people in a similar attack on Mogadishu's Sahafi Hotel. And nine others were killed in an attack on a nearby hotel as recently as February. 


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