Somali Security Minister to resign over Al Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU – Somalia’s Security Minister, Mohamed Aboukar Islow is likely to resign over latest attack in the capital of Mogadishu, leaving 29 people dead.
At least 80 other people were also injured, with some of them seriously, after massive suicide explosion hit Hilac UK restaurant and Maka Al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu, police said.
Reliable sources told Mareeg Online that Mr. Islow is expected to announce his resignation over the attack claimed by Al Shabaab.
The explosion also destroyed buildings in the Somali capital’s busiest street of Maka Al Mukarama.
Somali police officer Mohamed Mohamed says the attack took place in a business centre full of hotels, fairs, shops and restaurants in Mogadishu.
He says a dozen cars burning and other neighboring buildings were also destroyed.
Two other explosions were also reported in the capital of Mogadishu.
Somali armed group Al Shabaab says it has carried out suicide attack on hotel Maka Al Mukarama in the capital.
The group says its fighters are fighting inside the hotel.
The group, estimated at several thousand fighters, attacks high-profile targets such as hotels and checkpoints in Somalia and abroad. The al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has been fighting to topple the weak western backed government of Somalia and establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law