MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The death toll from an attack by Islamist militants on a hotel in the Somali capital rose to at least 15, police said as fighting continued into early Saturday, with loud explosions heard overnight.
Al Shabaab fighters blasted and shot their way into the popular Hotel Maka Al Mukaram on Friday afternoon, trapping many government officials.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist militants blasted their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least seven people and trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said.
Somali special forces broke through the compound wall and exchanged gunfire with fighters holed up in the main building of the Maka Al Mukaram hotel, said police.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked a convoy carrying a Kenyan state governor near the Somali border on Friday, leaving him unharmed but wounding several people close to the spot where Islamists launched a string of deadly attacks last year, the army and media said.
Somali Islamist group al Shabaab said its fighters crossed into Kenya and killed four soldiers in an attack on a military convoy on Friday morning, without mentioning the governor.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A suspected drone attack killed three members of Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist rebel group on Thursday in southern Somalia while they were driving in a car, residents said.
Al Shabaab made no immediate comment and there was no word from the United States, which has launched drone strikes in the past that have killed senior officials in the al Qaeda-affiliated group.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist rebels detonated a car bomb at the entrance of a hotel in the Somali capital on Friday and then stormed inside where politicians had gathered, killing at least 10 people including a lawmaker and lightly wounding two ministers.
Al Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, aims to topple the Western-backed federal government and impose its strict version of Islamic sharia law on the Horn of Africa nation that is struggling to rebuild after two decades of war.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A car bomber rammed the gate of a hotel in the center of the Somali capital on Friday where some ministers and lawmakers had gathered, and a suicide attacker then blew himself up inside the compound, police officers said.
Ambulances wailed as they raced to Central Hotel and a huge plume of smoke rose above the coastal city. It was not clear if anyone was killed but police said at least one lawmaker was among those injured.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A Somali lawmaker was killed in Mogadishu on Monday when al Shabaab gunmen sprayed his car with bullets, police and the militants said, the sixth such attack since the start of 2014.
The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist militants were pushed out of the capital by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but have waged a series of gun and grenade attacks to try to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of sharia law.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting on Thursday, a day before a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan to the Somali capital.
At least two police officers were killed but none of the Turkish delegates were wounded in the attack, which was claimed by Islamist al Shabaab rebels, officials said.
MOGADISHU, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Somali Islamist militant group
al Shabaab on Wednesday praised al Qaeda over an attack on
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and urged further strikes
at the “heart of the Crusader enemies”.
Al Shabaab, which has itself carried out attacks across east
Africa, including a 2013 raid on a Nairobi shopping mall that
killed 67, described two brothers who attacked the magazine and
a third who targeted a Jewish shop, as “a wonderful example”.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalian al Shabaab militants attacked a military base in the outskirts of the town of Baidoa on Friday morning, killing at least seven soldiers, a Somali military official said.
The attack came two days after the United States said it had killed the chief of al Shabaab’s intelligence and security wing, Tahliil Abdishakur, in a drone strike. Al Shabaab seeks to topple the Western-backed Mogadishu government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law.