At least 35 people were killed and dozens more wounded when armed gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s Mogadishu and a suicide car bomb attack .
The gunmen took an undetermined number of guests hostages inside the hotel and kiled many people by indiscriminating fire at everyone they could see.
The hour-long siege ended and the security forces had retaken control of the building
The car-bomb blast came about 4:30 p.m. and produced a large column of smoke over the Nasa-Hablod Hotel in Mogadishu, frequented by politicians and sporadic gunfire continued to be heard in the hours after the explosion.
Islamist extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the hotel attacks in Mogadishu that began with a car bomb at the entry gate .”We have eneded the seige the last remianing militants were killed on the top floor” police captain Mohamed Hussein said
Initially, nine people, including several hotel security guards, had been reported killed and later in the day this figure was raised to 18, but police officer Abdullahi Gardhere, who was on the scene, confirmed to EFE that the fatalities numbered 35.
The Al Shabaab jihadist group in 2012 announced its affiliation with Al Qaeda and its fight to install an Islamic state under Sharia law in Somalia.