15 March 2014

Somalia: Hotel Hit By Car Bomb

Mogadishu — A car bomb attack targeted a parking garage behind Maka Al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu's Hodan district, wounding two persons according to witnesses on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

Security officials told reporters at the scene of the attack that the car packed full of explosives ripped through the parking lot, with eye witnesses reporting that the hotel bodyguard and a bystander sustained injuries.

"The thunderous blast occurred at the back of Maka Al Mukarama hotel because there is no parking area in front of the hotel," said an eyewitness, adding that the security forces immediately cordoned off the roads leading to the targeted parking garage.

The hotel is frequented by foreigners and Federal Government of Somalia's officials, sources disclosed. Presidential spokesman Abdirahman Yarisow was conferring with friends at the time of bombing inside the Hotel.

Mogadishu is marred by waves of deadly attacks, mainly carried out by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters who are now on the run following assaults on their bases. Earlier in February Al Shabaab gunmen in military fatigues stormed the heavily guarded Presidential compound of Villa Somalia, killing senior Somali government officials.


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