al-Shabab militants attack Afrik hotel in Mogadishu Somalia
At least 5 people were killed in the attack at the Afrik Hotel, which began with a car bomb on Sunday. A gun battle between militant Islamists and Somali security forces at a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, is now over.
four attackers also died – according to AFP news agency three were shot and one blew himself up. A car hit the hotel’s front entrance and detonated before gunmen stormed the building, according to officials and others at the scene.
The hotel is known to be a gathering place for Somali government officials. A local police captain said a number of lawmakers and senior military officials were inside at the time of the attack. Footage on social media showed large plumes of smoke rising across the city earlier on Sunday.