Thirty people have been killed in a series of car bombs in Mogadishu, the Somali Capital, according to police and medical officials. Almost 100 have also been injured.
Three car bombs were detonated near the Safahi Hotel in an attack that lasted 20 minutes, according to Abdiaziz Ibrahim, a former spokesperson for the Internal Security Ministry
Five attackers tried to storm the hotel but were shot and killed by police.
One of the victims was the owner of the hotel, Ibrahim said.
‘Those who carried out the attack were dressed in police uniform, but they were Al Shabaab attackers,’ he said.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the bombings, saying it had killed a number of people.
The police commissioner of Mogadishu’s Hodon district, Abdifitah Bashir, and former director general of the country’s Ministry of Information, Abdirizak Yusuf are among the injured, police say.
Al-Shabaab is an Al-Qaeda affiliated Somali group that was proscribed as a terrorist group in 2008 by the United States. It plans to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire have condoled with the families of those affected according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.
The United National Assistance Mission in Somalia condemned the attack.
‘Such reprehensible acts of terrorism will not in any way undermine the determination of the Somali people to pursue their state-building, economic recovery, and security priorities,’ said the UN Secretary-General’s deputy special representative for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga, in a statement.