Friday, July 10, 2015

Al Shabaab militants claim attack on 2 hotels in Mogadishu; at least 4 killed and fighting ongoing, says police. Live updates

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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.

Update:

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.




























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