Militants attack popular hotel in Mogadishu 

Somali hotel

27 March ,Somali:  In the Somali capital, Mogadishu at least seven people have been killed in an attack at Makka al-Mukarama hotel ..An AMISOM spokesman said al-Shabab fighters got out of a car that then exploded. The armed men then entered the hotel and gunfire was heard. The fighters took hostages, the spokesman added.In November 2013,the same hotel was attacked by the al-Shabab group .

Police told Reuters that  government officials were trapped inside the hotel and that officers had surrounded the complex.

“The hotel is now fully under the control of the militants,” Major Ismail Olow, a Mogadishu police officer at the scene, told Reuters. “Al-Shabab fighters are on the top of the building and inside the hotel. It is not easy for us to go in.” after the attack the Al-Shabab issued a statement taking responsibility for the attack.”We are behind the Hotel Makka al-Mukarama attack, and fighting is still going on inside,” the group’s military spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters.

   The Oslo Times :source Al Jazeera

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