Massacre as Muslim Al-Shabaab extremists storm Mogadishu hotel

A hotel guest desperately tries to make his way to the roof of the hotel as militants storm the building

A suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden car at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel, and at least four gunmen have taken hostages inside the building following a furious shootout with police.

At least nine people were killed in the initial blast, while an unknown number of government officials remain trapped inside the building amid sporadic exchanges of gunfire, officials have said.

While the hotel, located in Somalia’s capital, is popular with government officials, it remains unclear who is being targeted in the attack. However, Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility…

Update: Somali special forces storm Mogadishu hotel where Al-Shabaab mounted deadly attack

Somali special forces stormed a Mogadishu hotel where Muslim extremists from Al-Shabaab had mounted a deadly attack Friday, first exploding a car bomb at the gate and then mounting a siege of the compound frequented by government officials.

The elite soldiers poured into the Maka-Mukarramah Hotel, where as many as four members of the terrorist group were holed up and several civilians were trapped after the attack that left at least nine people dead, local police said. Sporadic gunfire could be heard inside the compound, and police said terrorists were holding off police until the special forces went in.

h/t DS