13 Killed in Massive Assault on Somalia Hotel

Attack involved twin bombs, team of fighters
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2017 12:07 AM CST
13 Killed in Massive Assault on Somalia Hotel
Somalis walk near the destroyed hotel and cars in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017.   (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Terror and mayhem returned to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday with an attack on a luxury hotel that involved a team of gunmen and at least two bombs. Police tell Reuters that at least 13 people, including civilians and security forces, were killed when militants attacked Mogadishu's Dayah Hotel. Police say they are still battling a team of fighters who entered the hotel, which is near the country's parliament and is popular with politicians, the AP reports. The al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack. Al Jazeera reports that the attack began with a massive car bomb at the entrance to the hotel. A second bomb exploded after ambulances and journalists arrived at the scene, injuring several more people. (More Somalia stories.)

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