Somali hotel attack death toll now 39


The number of people killed when suicide bombers and gunmen struck a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital rose to 39 from the initial 22, police said.

“We confirm 39 civilians died and 40 others were injured in yesterday’s blasts,” said Mohamed Hussein, a police officer in the city.
“The death toll may rise because people are still missing.”

The militant Islamist group al Shabaab, linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Hotel Sahafi, near the headquarters of Somalia’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Somalia has been engulfed by violence and lawlessness since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled in the early 1990s.