At least five people killed and 15 others wounded after twin suicide attacks targeted an expensive hotel popular with Somali politicians and foreigners in Somali Capital- Mogadishu. The Hotel locates just meters away from Halne military complex and Mogadishu International Airport “ Adan Ade”. Alshabab has claimed the responsibility of the attack.
“This was the most powerful suicide attack that Mogadishu ever witnessed. Fortunately, at the time of incident there was less traffic and that saved a lot of lives” said Bandir Region Spokesman Abdifatah Ahmed Halane.
However, Halane declined to say the exact number of causalities, saying they about to verify the death toll.
One of the cars approached to security checkpoint and exploded instantly. The second one, a big truck managed to pass the checkpoint amid chaos “a small car approached us and after exchanging few words he detonated the car, I think he was giving pathway the second truck” said one of security personal who survived the attack.
Somali Foreign ministry condemned the attack saying it was another reminder of the evil that lives amongst us “We condemn the evil act of terrorism in #Mogadishu today. Killing innocent people evidence of terrorists moral bankruptcy & inhumanity” a Tweet from the account of Somali Foreign minister, Abdislam Hadliye.
“Entire neighborhood came to rubbles and I have not seen any of the attacks in Mogadishu leaving such destruction” said one of the residents whose home seen damages from the explosion.
In July, last year, Ex- Somali Mp Salah Badbado, who defected to Alshabab detonated a truck to the same spot, which killed at least 10 private security guards.
By. Ahmed Abdi Hadi