Somali hotel bombing leaves at least 10 people killed including two police officials
Mogadishu- Mareeg.com: At least 10 security members including two police officials have died and other 37 wounded after two suicide car bombers attacked the popular Jazeera Palace hotel in Mogadishu on Wednesday night.
Security sources say the first blast was caused by a suicide bomber who drove his vehicle into the gate of the hotel.
The deadest members are government soldiers, according to the Somali police speaker Gen. Mohamed Hassan Madale.
After the bombs went off, hotel guards and soldiers manning nearby checkpoints shot in the air, said witness.
As Gen. Mohamed Hassan Madale told journalists, the first suicide car bomber hit a police car that was in the wall of the hotel, killing four officers, while another car bomb placed in the side of the road exploded after the arrival of the security forces to the scene.
Two police officials are among the dead figures, one was the command of Shangani district police Station, while the other was the command of Wardhigley district police Station.
The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, said it carried out the attack.
In a radio message Tuesday, a senior al-Shabab commander warned civilians to stay away from government buildings as well as sites controlled or owned by foreigners. The commander, Ali Mohammed Hussein who is also known as Abu Jabal said attacks were imminent in Mogadishu.
Last week at least 11 people, including six soldiers, were killed by a remote-controlled bomb in a restaurant in Mogadishu.
The Jazeera hotel, which is near the airport, was also targeted in December 2012, when President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was staying there. At least seven people died in that attack.