Turkish president visits Mogadishu as city remains on lock-down following deadly Al-Shabaab attack
Mogadishu ( Harar24) – President of Turkey arrived in Mogadishu this morning to inaugurate new embassy built by the Turkish government as the city remains lock down following deadly Al-Shabaab attack on hotel Ambassador.
The visit of president Erdogan of turkey to Mogadishu is his third visit to the country in the past 4 years.
But In less than 48 hours before the visit Al-Shabaab Gunmen have stormed a hotel in the centre of the capital Mogadishu, with reports of at least 29 dead and 50 wounded and the city have been on lock down since.
The attackers entered the Ambassador Hotel on Maka al-Mukarama street after setting off a car bomb at the gates outside, witnesses told the media.
Somalia’s state news agency said two MPs were amongst those killed in the blast, with another four rescued.
The al-Shabab militant group quickly took credit of the attack.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters they had lost three fighters during the hotel attack and killed 30 people.
One of the three dead fighters drove the car that rammed the hotel while the others stormed the hotel, al Shabaab said.
“We killed 30 apostates including MPs and soldiers, the operation was victorious as planned,” Abu Musab said, adding they had injured 60 during the assault.
Mogadishu based journalist Ibrahim Aden told the BBC the explosion is one of the largest to hit the city and the scale of destruction is huge.
Al-Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu by the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM in 2011. But it has remained a potent threat in Somalia, launching frequent attacks aimed at overthrowing the Western-backed government.
The group has also been behind deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda. Both contribute troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.