Car bomb blast, shooting at Mogadishu hotel

June 1, 2016 7:42 pm
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The Ambassador Hotel on June 1, 2016 after a car bomb exploded/AFP
The Ambassador Hotel on June 1, 2016 after a car bomb exploded/AFP

, MOGADISHU, Jun 1 – A car bomb exploded Wednesday at a top Mogadishu hotel that houses several MPs, killing several people, and was immediately followed by a gun battle, security sources and witnesses said.

The explosion at the Ambassador Hotel on a busy road in the heart of the city was followed by a “complex attack”, a security source told AFP.

“A VBIED (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) exploded at the Ambassador Hotel, Makkah Almukarramah street,” the source said.

Overview
  • The explosion at the Ambassador Hotel on a busy road in the heart of the city was followed by a "complex attack", a security source told AFP.
  • "A VBIED (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) exploded at the Ambassador Hotel, Makkah Almukarramah street," the source said.
  • "According to latest information received there was a follow-up complex attack and the hotel was penetrated and an ongoing fire fight is in progress."
  • Witnesses said several people had died.

“According to latest information received there was a follow-up complex attack and the hotel was penetrated and an ongoing fire fight is in progress.”

Witnesses said several people had died.

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group was chased out of the capital Mogadishu in 2011 but remains a dangerous threat in both Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, where it carries out frequent attacks.

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