Published On: Thu, Mar 22nd, 2018

Al Shabaab claims deadly blast outside hotel in Mogadishu

Al Shabaab has claimed credit for a deadly car bomb attack outside a hotel in Mogadishu which killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens on Thursday afternoon.

The explosion outside Wehliye hotel on a busy road in Somalia’s capital on Thursday that was followed by gunfire, police, and witnesses said.

Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility, saying it targeted government officials gathering in the hotel.

The group often carries out frequent bombings and other attacks in Mogadishu in a campaign to topple Somalia’s Western-backed federal government.

Abdiasis Ali Ibrahim, the spokesman for the internal security minister, told the media that the blast had killed 14 people and wounded many others, who were passer-by civilians.

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