Friday 2 December 2016

Photographs show devastation after all-night Somalia hotel attack which killed 15 people

Published 02/06/2016 | 09:59

Security forces examine the scene after a bomb attack on Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Security forces examine the scene after a bomb attack on Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali policeman patrols at the scene after a bomb attack on Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali man walks past a destroyed vehicle at the scene after a bomb attack on Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Flames engulf the Ambassador Hotel as fighting continues into the night, following a bomb attack on the hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Vehicles burn at the scene a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
The scene of a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somali security forces have ended a siege by extremist gunmen which killed least 15 people, including two members of parliament, at a hotel in the Somali capital after an all-night gunfight.

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Captain Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer, said that nine bodies were removed from the hotel after troops killed the last remaining assailants.

Ahmed Mohamed, a nurse at Madina hospital in Mogadishu, said that six people out of 40 wounded in the attack died from their wounds.

The attack came on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, during which extremists often increase attacks in this volatile East African country.

A Somali policeman patrols at the scene after a bomb attack on Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali policeman patrols at the scene after a bomb attack on Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Al-Shabab, an al Qaeda affiliate, is attempting to overthrow Somalia's western backed government that is supported by African Union troops.

A Somali man walks past a destroyed vehicle at the scene after a bomb attack on Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali man walks past a destroyed vehicle at the scene after a bomb attack on Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Vehicles burn at the scene a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Vehicles burn at the scene a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
The scene of a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
The scene of a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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