Car bomb explodes near presidential palace in Somali capital Mogadishu

Car bomb explodes near presidential palace in Somali capital Mogadishu

  A car bomb claimed by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed five soldiers outside the president’s palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and badly damaged two nearby hotels, police said. Reuters witnesses said gunfire could be heard after the explosion and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen above the president’s palace, outside […]

Several killed, taken hostage in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Several killed, taken hostage in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital Saturday, taking guests hostage and “shooting at everyone they could see,” before security forces pursued the assailants to the top floor and ended the hours-long assault, police said. At least 14 people were killed. Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of hotel […]