Mogadishu: Militants detonated a car bomb in front of an hotel in the Somali capital, then stormed the beachside property. State security forces engaged in a four-hour standoff before killing two attackers who had been holding those inside hostage.
A spokesman for the country’s Information Ministry said the attackers, who belonged to the militant group al-Shabab, killed 10 people. However, Al Jazeera was reporting up to 17 deaths from the Sunday afternoon attack. The ministry said 205 others were rescued from the Elite Hotel on Lido Beach.
Abdulkadir Adan, the director of Aamin Ambulance, a private company that is often the first at the scenes of attacks, said 32 injured people had been transported to hospitals, some in critical condition.
“We lost one of our colleagues, named Abdirizak Abdi,” said Ismael Omar, the ministry spokesman. “The blast was huge and followed by gunshots.” He said later that a defence ministry employee Dahir Ali Gawl also was killed.