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Al-Shabaab massacre guests and staff at another hotel
Health workers reported that at least seven people died, among them possibly three security guards.
Somalia authorities are yet to establish the number of militiamen who attacked the hotel, as well as the number of people who were in the hotel at the time of attack.
According to Reuters, a Shabaab spokesman said the terrorists targeted the hotel in southern Mogadishu as it was “frequented by the apostate government members”.
The Naso-Hablod is popular amongst politicians and tourists.
Al-Shabaab militants continue to carry out attacks across Somalia and particularly Mogadishu where they were driven out in 2011, in an attempt to overthrow the current Western-backed government and impose their own strict extremist rule.
The group has previously launched attacks in hotels within the country currently being assisted to stabilise by African Union AMISOM forces.