Al-Shabab suicide attackers set off two car bombs at a hotel in
Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least 39 people, police
Previous reports had indicated 29 fatalities from the attack,
but police confirmed a total of 39 civilians died with 40 others
A Somali security officer looks
toward the scene of twin car bombs that exploded within moments of
each other in the Somali capital Mogadishu on November 9, 2018.
The militant extremist group Al-Shabab, linked to Al-Qaeda,
claimed responsibility for the attack on the Hotel Sahafi, which is
near the headquarters of Somalias Criminal Investigations
Hotel guards and CID officers opened fire after the blasts, police
added. Then, about 20 minutes later, a third explosion from a bomb
placed in a three-wheeled tuk-tuk vehicle near the hotel hit the
busy street, witnesses said.
Some of the victims were burned beyond recognition when one car
bomb exploded next to a minibus, said a police official.
The scene following twin car bombs that exploded
within moments of each other in the Somali capital Mogadishu on
November 9, 2018. (AFP)
Four militants who attempted to enter the hotel were shot dead
by our police and the hotel guards, police captain Mohamed Ahmed
Two other militants were suicide car bombers who were blown up by
their car bombs. The third car was remotely detonated. So in total
28 people died, including the six militants.
Abdifatah Abdirashid, who took over the Sahafi from his father
after he was killed in a militant attack in 2015, was among those
who died in Fridays attack, said Mohamed Abdiqani, a witness at the
The militants who entered the hotel compound faced heavy gunfire
from the hotel guards. Abdifatah Abdirashid, the hotel owner, and
three of his bodyguards died, Abdiqani said.
Although they failed to access the hotel, the blasts outside the
hotel killed many people, the police official said.
The street was crowded with people and cars, bodies were
everywhere, said Hussein Nur, a shopkeeper who suffered light
shrapnel injuries on his right hand. Gunfire killed several people,
A Reuters photographer at the scene saw 20 bodies of civilians and
burnt-out minibuses, motorbikes and cars...