Somalia bombing: At least 18 dead in Mogadishu, 20 others held hostage by Al-Shabaab militants

Somalia bombing: At least 18 dead in Mogadishu, 20 others held hostage by Al-Shabaab militants

A bomb attack by Al Shabaab militants at two neighboring restaurants in the Somali capital, Mogadishu killed 18 people. Further information revealed that gunmen were killed by security forces.

The attack began around 8 pm Wednesday night with a suicide bombing at the restaurant and club at Trata Post, after which gunmen stormed the nearby Pizza House restaurant. Both sites are popular with wealthy, young and diaspora Somalis and were busy Wednesday with clients who have broken their Ramadan fast.

“The operation is over and the armed men were killed by security forces,” said Mohamed Ahmed Arab, a spokesman for the Somali Security Ministry.

Armed security forces and rescue personnel are seen at the scene of an attack in front of a hotel in Mogadishu. Security forces and rescue personnel ReutersArmed at the scene of an attack in front of a hotel in Mogadishu. Reuters
“They attacked places of business and killed innocent civilians, 18 civilians were killed, including one Syrian citizen, and more than 10 were injured,” he said.
According to statements, gunmen spent the night traveling through the restaurant and killed those they found trapped before the security forces are being produced.

Gunmen had at least 20 people held hostage in a restaurant, police said.

“Fighter jets are still inside Pizza House and they welcome more than 20. We do not know how many are alive or dead,” Ibrahim Hussein, a police chief, told Reuters.

On Wednesday, police said nine people, mostly women who were members of the hotel, were killed in the attack. Security officials said a suicide bomber had driven a car laden with explosives into the hotel entrance before gunmen did not take the restaurant assault.

“A suspect Aboriginal car is parked in front of Pizza House. This and snipers makes it difficult for security forces to move inside,” said Hussein.

Other officials said the victims inside the hotel were safely evacuated, but there are likely to be lower casualties. Al-Shabaab claims the attack; The group carried out a campaign of suicide bombings, in order to overthrow the Somali government and impose a strict interpretation of Islam.

“A mujahid (wrestler) with his car bomb was martyred after entering the elegant hotel, a nightclub. The operation continues,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, a spokesman for the group told Reuters.

Since it lost large swathes of territory to maintain AU peacekeeping forces supporting the government, the group has frequently launched incursions and deadly attacks in Mogadishu and other areas controlled by the federal government.

The East African country has been affected by armed conflict since 1991, when clan-based clan war overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned to one another.