Militants target hotel in Somalia; diplomat among 10 killed
March 28 , 2015
Ten people have been killed in a gun battle at a prominent hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu that was targeted by al-Shabab militants.
Yusuf Bari Bari, Somalia’s ambassador to Switzerland, is believed to be among the dead. Other diplomats managed to escape through the windows of the Maka al-Mukarama hotel.
Reports indicate that Somali forces were later able to wrest control of large sections of the hotel.
The attack started when a suicide car bomb exploded outside the hotel, after which at least nine gunmen stormed inside the building.