Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog 3: At least 15 dead in attack on high-profile Mogadishu hotel

Shocking events have occurred in Somalia on Friday when the Central Hotel was under attack. The events at the hotel killed 15 people, including a couple members of Parliament and a deputy mayor. The viscous attack started from when a mysterious car packed with fierce explosives blew up not to far from the presidential place. The first explosion triggered a flow of event which first included warfare between the guards and the attackers. Then followed a blast from a suicide bomber which was a female near a mosque. The attackers then shot there way in to the building. Bloodshed was all around the area as explosives went off around the building. The 20 people was also wounded throughout the attack on the hotel. Al-Shabaab is an Islamist terrorist group that is taking responsibility for the attack at the Somalian hotel. The presidential palace tweeted about the situation. "He the president of #Somalia: 'attacking lawmakers and citizens just after Friday prayers: #AlShabaab are un-Islamic and anti-democracy." Since the mid-2000s, they have tried to take control of Somalia. The reasoning behind that is possibly because the country of Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world so the control and power behind the officials aren't very strong. The attackers in the group have aimed at Somalian officials, soldiers and institutions. The hotel attack isn't the only attack that the group has carried out in the recent years. In 2013, Al-Shabaab gunned down shoppers in Nairobi, Kenya. They tortured the shoppers and after four days 67 people were counted to be dead. Al-Shabaab wants its respect and will continue to attack until they get what they want.

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