The Al-Shabab militant group carried out a coordinated gun-and-bomb attack Wednesday in Somalia, killing at least 28 people.
It is reported that the militants used a car full of explosives to attack a hotel near Somalia’s Parliament in central Mogadishu.
The United Nations (UN) Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the coordinated suicide bombing attack for which Al-Shabaab – a jihadist terrorist group based in East Africa – claimed responsibility.
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According to the UN, the attack, on the Dayah Hotel (known locally as the Dayax), reportedly killed dozens of Somali civilians and soldiers, while wounding many more. The hotel is located near the Presidential palace and is frequently visited by lawmakers in the capital.
In an interview with UN News, Joseph Contreras, the spokesperson for the Mission, said the attack provides fresh evidence of the violent extremists’ desperate attempts to derail Somalia’s electoral process.
Moreover, it reflects the terrorists’ frustration over their inability to sabotage the recent voting for seats in the two Houses of Somalia’s new Parliament.
As for the scene on the ground, he pointed out that first responders arrived at the hotel targeted by the attack “quite quickly and brought the situation under control.”
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