UN Security Council Slams attack on Mogadishu hotel


28 Jul 2015 | by
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UN Security Council Slams attack on Mogadishu hotel

A Kenyan diplomat, a Chinese embassy guard and three journalists are among the fifteen people killed when an explosives laden truck detonated outside the popular Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday afternoon.............

A Kenyan diplomat, a Chinese embassy guard and three journalists are among the fifteen people killed when an explosives laden truck detonated outside the popular Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday afternoon.

An unknown number of Kenyans who lived and worked in the Kenyan run hotel were also injured but were evacuated. 

 Most of those killed and wounded were pedestrians walking along the busy Airport road but several adjacent houses were also destroyed in the attack.

Al Shabaab, who have been fighting the UN backed government have claimed responsibility for the attack claiming it is in retaliation of the Amisom operation in southern Somalia which civilians have been killed.

 The hotel which is close to the Mogadishu airport and the United Nations office is favored by diplomats, journalists and visiting heads of state and hosted several embassies including the Kenyan embassy and those of Qatar, Egypt and China.

The five-story hotel, which is a premier hotel in the country was extensively damaged during the massive explosion that happened as US President Barack Obama was preparing to fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from Nairobi, Kenya.

The Hotel which has experienced several attacks some thwarted was heavily guarded and had been considered one of the safer places in the city.

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