Qatar slams Somalia attack, 29 killed
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Qatar has strongly condemned suicide and gun attack on hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu claimed by Al Shabaab.
The attack killed 29 people while 80 other left wounded, some seriously, according to Somali police captain Mohamed Hussein.
He says a gun battle was still ongoing as Somali troops launched an operation to end hours of hotel siege in Mogadishu.
In a statement, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected violence and terrorism regardless of the motives and causes.
Qatar expressed the condolences to the families of the victims, the government and people of Somalia.
“We wish the victims a speedy recovery”.
The attack was claimed by Al Shabaab.
The group says its fighters are still fighting inside Maka Al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu.
The al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has been fighting topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia.