Several dead and around many more wounded Sunday evening after a thunderous car suicide bomber exploded the security gates of an upscale hotel open in the Lido beach area of Mogadishu, Somalia. In what was a terrifying and chaotic episode of violence.
According to Col. Ahmed Aden, a police officer, the attackers invaded the Elite Hotel, a new establishment popular amongst the young crowd of the capital city.
Sadiq Adan Ali, a spokesman of the Somali police force, briefly described the nature of events, “Totally, those who have been killed or passed away in the accident, the attack, were 16. Eleven (of them were) Somali civilians and five of them terrorists. The other remaining was 13 wounded or injured persons.”
The nation’s security forces managed to subdue the situation after a nearly 5-hour siege which ended in the taking the lives of the four remaining assailants. They were rebels hailing from the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab, allies of Al-Qaida and had taken hostages of young men and women at dinner at the site. All hostages were rescued and evacuated and ambulance workers at the scene reported that at least 28 people had been wounded.