En bil fullastet med sprengstoff ødela søndag et hotell i Mogadishu som har vært ansett for det tryggeste i mils omkrets og derfor mye brukt av diplomater og utenlandsk personell.
Minst 12 mennesker ble drept og mange flere såret. De fleste var forbipasserende, fotgjengere eller bilister. Al-Sahabaab påtok seg ansvaret og sa det var for å hevne drap på sivile under en offensiv regjeringssoldater og soldater fra den afrikanske union nylig gjennomførte i shabaab-område. Smak på retorikken. Drepte sivile brukes som begrunnelse for terror mot sivile.
The Jazeera Palace Hotel, close to both Mogadishu’s airport and a United Nations compound, was heavily guarded and had been considered one of the safer places in the city, despite previous attacks. But on Sunday afternoon a suicide bomber, driving on Airport Road, got to within about 100 feet of it before triggering a thunderous blast that ravaged the hotel and sent smoke billowing skyward.
The Shabab, an Islamist extremist group, claimed responsibility for the bombing, claiming it was in retaliation for the killing of civilians during a recent offensive by Somali and African Union troops against Shababforces in the southern part of the country.
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In what locals are calling the biggest explosion to ever rock Mogadishu, Al-Shabaab struck a hotel in the Somali capital Sunday during President Obama’s visit to neighboring Kenya.
The hotel is near the United Nations compound. It houses several foreign missions, including China, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Kenya. Journalist Mohamed Abdikarim, who worked for Universal TV, and a Chinese embassy worker were among the dead, a toll that was at least 13.
Jazeera Palace Hotel also had Kenyan management and many Kenyan workers.
“The explosion was so huge that homes near it were leveled. I live 3 KMs away, and paint was blow off some of my walls,” tweeted one Somali political analyst.
The Shabab also claimed responsibility for the killing of a lawmaker in Mogadishu on Saturday.