Somalia: MPs among dead in al-Shabab attack on Mogadishu hotel
June 2, Mogadishu: A suicide car bomber has crashed his vehicle into a gate outside a hotel in the Somali capital, and the attack was followed by gunfire, killing at least 15 people including two members of parliament, according to reports.
Al-Shabab fighters claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack targeting Mogadishu's Ambassador Hotel, which is frequented by diplomats, government officials and Somalis visiting from abroad.
The two politicians killed in the attack were identified by the police as Mohamud Mohamed and Abdullahi Jamac. Both victims lived in the hotel. At least 20 other people were wounded.
"We attacked the hotel with a car bomb and we went inside," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab's military operations spokesman, told the Reuters news agency.
Earlier reports said special forces have taken control of the hotel. But a Reuters reporter and residents said they could still hear sporadic gunfire.
The attack happened shortly before the arrival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Mogadishu.