On June 25, 2016, CNN World News reported the confirmation of 15 people who died and 25 injured, as a result of a car bombing and gun attack. According to Somali Police Captain, Aden Dahir, the attack took place at the Naso Hablod Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia. The hotel was still an active crime scene, at 2:32 p.m. EDT.
The local police report that the people who were injured and those killed were primarily civilians. Most victims were customers, passersby, and those at the gas station.
The Assault Began Several Hours Earlier
This morning at about 11:30 a.m., CNN World News reported, that a car outside the Naso Hablod Hotel was filled with explosives and detonated. The hotel is one that Somali government officials, lawmakers, and security officers, frequent.
After the explosion, the hotel became a battlefield of gunfire. There had been no word on the casualties, but Twitter posts showed an ambulance speeding away from the scene while the gunfire was still present.
CNN World News reported the attacks came three weeks after Al-Shabaab militants stormed the Ambassador Hotel. The gunmen set off an explosion, and once in the hotel they began shooting. Overall, 13 people were killed, including three of their own gunmen.
The assault at the Ambassador Hotel killed two members of the parliament; Mohamed Mohamud Gure, and Abdullahi Jama. Reports by the Somali National News Agency said that the siege had ended the next day.
Authorities believe that the Al-Shabaab militant group are suspected of the attacks, which were all car bombing and followed with gunmen shooting. The Al-Shabaab have used this MO during previous attacks. In 2015, at the Sahafi Hotel, 15 people died during the same type of assault.
Other attacks this militant group may be responsible for are the deaths of journalists, civilian leaders, international aid workers, and African Union Peacekeepers. Furthermore, authorities stated the Al-Shabaab are attempting to create a fundamentalist Islamic state of Somalia.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne
CNN World News: Gunmen storm hotel in Mogadishu; 15 killed, police say
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