Dozens dead in Shebab attack on Mogadishu hotel

A Shebab attack in July, 2014. Source.

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents killed at least 25 people on Feb. 20 in an attack on a popular hotel in the capital Mogadishu where government ministers and officials were holding Friday prayers.

Twin explosions followed by heavy gunfire were heard from the upmarket Central Hotel, close to the presidential palace, with the Islamist gunmen reportedly blasting their way into the fortified building before storming the complex.

The attack is one of the worst in recent years.

An official at the presidential palace, known as Villa Somalia, said that at least 25 people were killed and the severity of injuries among the wounded meant the death toll was expected to rise.

Government sources said that the deputy mayor of Mogadishu and a member of parliament was killed, while the deputy prime minister and minister of transport were among the injured…