Islamists storm Mogadishu hotel

2015-03-27 20:50
A Somali man helps a wounded civilian who was injured by a car bomb that detonated at the gate of one of Mogadishu's most popular hotels. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

A Somali man helps a wounded civilian who was injured by a car bomb that detonated at the gate of one of Mogadishu's most popular hotels. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP)

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Mogadishu - Suspected Islamist fighters stormed a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said.

A huge blast was heard near the gate of the hotel and gunmen were seen inside and on the roof of the building, Major Ismail Olow, a Mogadishu police officer at the scene, told Reuters.

"The hotel is now fully under the control of the militants," he said. "Al-Shabaab fighters are on the top of the building and inside the hotel. It is not easy for us to go in."

A Reuters witness saw two destroyed cars at the gate and at least one dead body.

The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab did not make any immediate comment but has regularly attacked hotels before.

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