Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for last night’s hotel attacks in Mogadishu
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The militant Al-Shabaab movement has claimed responsibility for last night’s twin car bomb explosions at Hotel Jazira.
According to Al-Shabaab’s official spokesman, Ali “Dhere” Mahmud Rage, the targets of the attack were “senior apostate intelligence officials” who apparently were holding a meeting in the hotel. The spokesman further said that they had killed “more than a dozen apostates and injuring several others” and threatened “that apostates will have no safe haven in Somalia”.
The attack occurred at around 8PM local time, when the first car was detonated at the hotel causing a huge explosion, moments later as first responders gathered a second car was detonated at the scene.
Gen. Mohamed Omar Madale, the spokesman for Mogadishu’s police force said: “The first explosion resulted in the deaths of four soldiers. Whereas the second explosion caused the deaths of two officers, namely the chief police of the Shingani district and the chief of police of the Wardhigle district”. He further added that the death toll so far had reached 11, while 37 were injured, with 15 being seriously injured and in critical conditions.
Ali Dhere, Al-Shabaab’s official spokesman, also confirmed that Al-Shabaab had been carrying out a series of coordinated attacks in Mogadishu lately, “including the shelling of Halane military complex” on December the 31st.
With Al-Shabaab threatening of further attacks and security being extremely tightened in the city, Mogadishu braces itself for possible violent days ahead.