August 24, 2010 / 1:00 PM / 8 years ago

Somali Islamist al Shabaab claims hotel attack

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked Islamist group, al Shabaab, said it had carried out Tuesday’s attack on a hotel in the capital Mogadishu.

“Our Mujahideen forces carried out an operation at Hotel Muna near Yoobsan junction, which accommodates members of parliament and intelligence officers, and our martyrs succeeded in killing 60 to 70 government officers, MPs, intelligence officers and civil servants,” spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told reporters.

The Information Ministry said 31 people had been killed in the attack.

Editing by Kevin Liffey

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