25 killed in Somalia hotel attack

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Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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The death toll from a suicide attack at a hotel in the Somali capital yesterday has risen to 25 and 40 wounded, the Somali government said.

A statement from Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke’s office said an Islamic extremist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gate of the Central Hotel, and another went in and blew himself up.

Government officials were meeting at the hotel at the time, and the statement says Mogadishu’s deputy mayor and two legislators are among the dead.

It is unclear whether the 25 dead included the two bombers.

Al Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Despite the loss of key strongholds in Somalia, al-Shabab continue to stage attacks in the capital and elsewhere.

Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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