13 killed in attack on hotel in Somali capital

At least 13 people have been killed and 16 injured in a suicide car bomb attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, according to police. The attack was followed by gunfire, with a second blast reportedly being heard in the area minutes later.

The assailants targeted the popular Nasa-Hablod hotel located near the presidential palace and frequented by Somalia’s politicians and local elites. Al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, adding that its fighters are still inside the hotel.

A local police officer told Reuters that fighting is underway in the building. Captain Mohamed Hussein, a local police officer, also told AP that a senior Somali police official and a former lawmaker were among the dead.

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