Family tragedy of Somalia’s Mogadishu hotel owners

The owner of Sahafi Hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has been killed in bomb attacks – three years after his died in a similar assault.

Somali officials say 20 people died and dozens were hurt in blasts claimed by Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

Sahafi Hotel owner Abdifatah Abdirashid was a renowned businessman who took over running the hotel from his , Abdirashid Mohamed.

Al-Shabab said it targeted government officials staying at the hotel. Reports say armed militants stormed the building guarded by armed after the first of at least three bomb blasts.

Eyewitnesses spoke of heavy gunfire in the area.

Somali security officers evacuate an injured man in Mogadishu. Photo: 9 November 2018Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionDozens of people were injured in the attacks

A Voice of America journalist later shared pictures on social media showing damage to a hotel close to where the three bombs were set off, describing the aftermath as “horrific”.

There are fears that the death toll will rise .

Sahafi Hotel has been popular with visiting foreigners because of its relative security as well as its view overlooking Mogadishu.

During the civil war in the 1990s, it used to be the only foreign journalists could be safe amidst the raging war.

Source: BBC

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