No fewer than seven people were killed today, Tuesday, August, 30, 2016 and several others injured in a bomb explosion that hit SYL hotel in Mogadishu, the capital and most populous city in Somalia.
The explosion happened a few meters from the SYL Hotel entrance when security guards fired at the car which they suspected was about to launch an attack, a police officer at the scene, Mahad Farah said.
“We have established the death of seven people and several others injured. The security guards fired at the car then it immediately exploded,” said Farah.
According to eyewitnesses, the explosion ripped apart a section of the hotel where a security meeting was under.
The eyewitnesses added that the explosion was very powerful and shook buildings around.
Giving an account of the incident, a driver, Ahmed Yasin, said, “The whole place shook and then there was heavy gunfire. I could see many people lying on the ground injured and some dead,” Yasin said.
Meanwhile, Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group, has claimed responsibility for the attack which also killed two journalists from a local television station alongside lawmakers in Mogadishu, the capital and most populous city in Somalia.