Shabaab say responsible for Mogadishu hotel bombing
23 January 2015, 08:25
Mogadishu - The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a bomb attack at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting on Thursday, a day ahead of a visit by their president, Tayyip Erdogan, to the Somali capital.
"We attacked [the] hotel and killed several of the Somali police officers who were meeting there," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-shabaab's military operation spokesperson, told Reuters. The statement made no mention of Erdogan's visit.
No members of a Turkish delegation were harmed in the attack, according to Turkish Foreign Ministry official, while a Reuters witness saw two police officers lying dead in front of the destroyed gate.