Suicide attackers strike popular Mogadishu hotel, 15 reported killed

Sunday 1437/1/19 - 2015/11/01
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Mogadishu, Muharram 19, 1437, November 01, 2015, SPA -- Suicide attackers struck a popular hotel in the
Somali capital Mogadishu early Sunday, with 15 people killed
according to an official.

The fatalities included politicians and senior officials, a senior
government source told dpa.

The group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility.

Witnesses reported explosions followed by gunfire. A dpa journalist
saw five people lying on the ground.

A car bomb exploded at the entrance to the
Sahafi Hotel and that attackers then exchanged gunfire with the
hotel's guards.

A suicide bomber detonated a second set of explosives inside the
hotel, the report quoted police as saying.

Several prominent people were among the injured including a
journalist and local businessman.
--SPA
10:16 LOCAL TIME 07:16 GMT