Abdirasak Omar Mohamed, internal security minister, told a news conference at the scene of the attack that at least 24 civilians and four al-Shabaab terrorrist were killed and 51 wounded when al-Shabaab militants targeted the Dayah Hotel in the capital Mogadishu.
“Our security forces managed to neutralize four al-Shabaab gunmen who stormed the hotel after the bomb blasts,” he said.
“No government official, soldiers, or MPs were killed or injured, but two clan elders from the southwest state are among the victims,” he added.
Mohamud Mustaf, a police captain in the area, told Anadolu Agency on the phone, “The Dayah Hotel is much frequented by Somali government officials, including MPs.”
He added, “The attack began with a suicide truck followed by a gun battle. Some 20 minutes after the truck bomb, a second car bomb exploded outside the hotel. The injured were rushed to hospitals.”
Aadan Isack, an eyewitness, told Anadolu Agency that a long gun battle followed the bombings, which he said “rocked the whole city.”
On pro-insurgent radio Andalus, al-Shabaab, a Somali-based al-Qaeda-affiliated group, claimed its suicide bombers had carried out the attack on the hotel, saying it is frequented by government “apostates”.