At least 25 killed in hotel attack in Mogadishu


PV International Desk : At least 25 people were killed and another 30 injured in a car bombing outside the popular Nasahablod 2 Hotel here Saturday, police said.

According to local police, 30 people, including a government minister, were rescued from the hotel as the gunfire continued between the extremists and security forces.

Extremist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack and said its fighters were inside the hotel.

The attack came just two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street, the worst single explosion in the history of the Somali capital. The government holds Al-Shabab responsible for it.

A police officer who requested not to be named told Xinhua there were many casualties at the scene. A second blast went off shortly after the first in the same location.