- At least nine people including four government officials have died in the latest Somalia attack
- Al-shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack
- Somalia police say that the attack is over and four of the perpetrators have been killed
At least nine people have dead in Somalia's Youth League (SYL) hotel, situated in Somali’s capital, Mogadishu.
The death is the result of an attack on the hotel by Al- Shabab militants. The hotel, situated near the presidential palace, is popular with government personnel. The militants set off a car bomb outside the heavily fortified Somali Youth League hotel before moving in. Friday’s explosion also targeted a popular park known as the Peace Garden.
According to the BBC, the police say the attack is now over after they shot and killed four attackers. It is reported that Al-Shabab and al-Qaeda affiliate is waging an armed insurgency in Somalia. Eyewitnesses at the Peace Garden said there were many people in the park at the time of the attack.The Somali Youth League (SYL) hotel is frequented by government employees.
Eyewitness Halima Nur told Reuters that her sister, class mates and herself were taking pictures at the peace garden when the car bomb hit the gate of the park. She added that they all rushed through the back gates," she added.
The operation comes a day after a mortar attack on the presidential palace in Mogadishu in which three people were killed. It is not unusual for al-Shabab to launch attacks in Mogadishu on Fridays, the first day of the Somali weekend.