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Mogadishu Hotel Attack Leaves 15 Dead, 25 Wounded

© AP Photo / Farah Abdi Warsameh-FILEAl-Shabaab fighters display weapons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu, Somalia
Al-Shabaab fighters display weapons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu, Somalia - Sputnik International
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At least 15 people were killed and 25 were wounded in a terrorist attack at a Somali hotel in the nation’s capital Mogadishu, according to local police.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A terrorist attack at a Somali hotel in the nation’s capital Mogadishu killed at least 15 people and wounded 25 others, local police said Saturday.

Most of those killed and wounded were passers-by and customers of nearby stores, the CNN news channel cited police colonel Mohamed Abdulkadir as saying.

Somali government soldiers hold their positions during gunfire after a suicide bomb attack outside Nasahablood hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, June 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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A senior police official said fighting is continuing inside the Naso-Hablod hotel after it was stormed by militants, reportedly belonging to the al-Shabaab Islamist group.

A car bomb was detonated at the gate ahead of the attack. Islamists reportedly took people hostage inside the hotel, which is popular with foreigners and officials.

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