Al Shabaab militants claim attack on 2 hotels in Mogadishu; at least 4 killed and fighting ongoing, says police.(SP).
Suicide car bombers rammed into two hotels before gunmen stormed in and opened fire, according to a local police officer Nur Ali. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks.
"So far we understand they killed four people inside the hotel," Nur Ali said. Police also stated that gumen are still alive and fighting is continuing in both hotels. Initial reports claim that both hotels popular with politicians.
Shabaab Islamist militant group said it attacked two hotels.
"Car bombs rammed into the hotels named Wehliya and Siyaad. Then our fighters stormed in. Fighting goes on inside both hotels," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Shabaab's spokesperson for military operations, told Reuters.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Six civilians and four militants died when al Shabaab fighters attacked the Wehliya Hotel in the middle of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, police said.
"Three fighters have been shot dead and another blew himself up inside the car bomb that hit the gate. The operation here is finished. So far we know six civilians died," Umar Ali, a police officer, told Reuters from around the Wehliya Hotel.
It's 8:30pm in #Mogadishu, attack on Weheliye hotel seems to be over, attack on Siyad hotel continue, at least 10 confirmed dead. #Somalia— Eye On Militant (@EyeOnMilitant) July 10, 2015
FINAL UPDATE: Armed troops secured area within minutes of tonight's attack. 7 Al-Shabaab were killed, no civilian causality. - MOIS— Abdirizak Omar (@MoIS_Somalia) July 10, 2015
Hospital and Ambulance Dept: At least 16 people hospitalized with serious injuries at #Mogadishu's #Madina Hospital. #Somalia.— Abdulaziz B Ali (@AbdulBillowAli) July 10, 2015
Update: Atleast 7 killed & more than 15 injured in the ongoing attacks in 2 popular hotels in #Mogadishu. Witnesses. #Somalia— Jamal Hadji Nur (@Harar24Editor) July 10, 2015
#Somalia hotels attacked by militants in #Mogadishu end said @HSNQ_NISA @AbdirizakOm. pic.twitter.com/8XQk3AzexA— ali jama jirac (@alijira) July 10, 2015
Update: At least 5 killed 15 injured in #AlShabaab hotel blasts in #Mogadishu. #Somalia Intelligency Agency says attacks brought to an end.— Hamza Mohamed (@Hamza_Africa) July 10, 2015
BREAKING: Heavy gunfire still heard in hotel Siyad near the presidential palace in #Mogadishu, casualties unknown yet - Witness. #Somalia— Live From Mogadishu (@Daudoo) July 10, 2015
update: 15 injured persons from Attacks on 2 hotels admitted at Madina hospital, 3 #Somalia MPs were injured in deadly attacks on #Mogadishu— Somalia-America (@SomaliEmbassyUS) July 10, 2015
#BREAKING: At least 5 people were killed & 7 others incl MPs and owner injured in an attack #Wehliye hotel in #Mogadishu –Witnesses #Somalia— Live From Somalia (@Tuuryare_Africa) July 10, 2015
@DR_SHAHID @Terror_Monitor UGUS = Ururka Gumaadka Ummada Somaliyeed/Org for the massacring of Somali people, a.k.a #Al shabaab.— NISA (@HSNQ_NISA) July 10, 2015
#Mogadishu 2nd attack in Siyad Hotel has been brought to an end by our forces. Wehelie attempted attack, the only casualties were #UGUS— NISA (@HSNQ_NISA) July 10, 2015
#Mogadishu Attempts to raid Wehelie hotel thwarted. Situation under control. Typical #UGUS madness 2 attack at time of breaking fast!— NISA (@HSNQ_NISA) July 10, 2015
#BREAKING: At least 3 Somalia MPs were injured in deadly attacks on 2 hotels in #Mogadishu –Witnesses #Somalia. pic.twitter.com/LDH21zYFFe— Live From Somalia (@Tuuryare_Africa) July 10, 2015
Third explosion in #Mogadishu in a space of one hour— Musa Abby (@MusaAbby) July 10, 2015
Updates: Attackers are fighting inside #Siyad and #Wehlie Hotels in #Mogadishu #Somalia @Kadarnouh @anca_toader @EAfricaRetweet @a24media— Mogadishu-Updates (@deeqtaako) July 10, 2015
#Breaking: heavy expulsions Targets two Popular Hotels named #Wheliye And #Siyad Happened In #Mogadishu. Casualties unknown yet.— Abdikani Ali Adan (@adan_seed) July 10, 2015
DETAILS: Suicide car bombers rammed into 2 hotels before gunmen stormed in – reports http://t.co/wv4ckxlsMK #Mogadishu #Somalia #alshabab— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) July 10, 2015
Al Shabaab #militants claim attack on 2 #hotels in #Mogadishu; at least 4 killed, says police officer - @Reuters http://t.co/jmuqeDXHt3— Andrea Fernanda (@decas613) July 10, 2015
Siyad hotel not far from Somalia's Preisidential Palace was attacked to a blast ,shooting is still heard.#Somalia More update to follow.— Mohamed Moalimu (@MOALIMUU) July 10, 2015
Breaking: #Alshabaab attacks at least six mortars to #AMISOM base of Stadium #Mogadishu minutes ago. Residents in Yaqshid neighbourhood say— Mohamed Moalimu (@MOALIMUU) July 10, 2015
#MOGADISHU UPDATE: 'We believe they are #alShabaab fighters' – local police source http://t.co/wv4ckxlsMK #Somalia— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) July 10, 2015