Al-Shabab’s Dayax Hotel Attack in Mogadishu Kills 28

Al-Shabab has carried out more than 360 attacks inside Somalia between 2006 – 2017.

By Al Jazeera,

At least 28 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a coordinated gun-and-bomb attack carried out by al-Shabab at a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, according to officials.

The assault on Wednesday morning began when attackers rammed an explosives-packed car into the gate of Dayah Hotel, which is near Somalia’s parliament in central Mogadishu, and then stormed inside exchanging gunfire with security guards.

A second massive car bomb blast went off after ambulances and journalists had arrived at the scene, leaving at least four reporters wounded, according to AFP news agency.

“We have confirmed 28 people died and 43 others were injured in the two blasts at the hotel,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the capital’s ambulance services, told Reuters news agency.

Security Minister Abdirizak Umar told reporters at the scene that 51 people were wounded in the two blasts at the hotel.

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya, said a freelance journalist working for Al Jazeera Arabic was among those wounded.

Colonel Abdiqadir Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters that security forces eventually managed to secure the building.

“We have rescued the people and concluded the operation at Dayah Hotel.”

Witnesses said the powerful explosions caused extensive damage in the area near the hotel, shattering dozens of windows and damaging parked cars.

“All the neighbouring houses have been destroyed,” Yusuf Hassan, editor of Somali newspaper Haqiqa Times, told Al Jazeera from the scene.

“I see people crying because they have lost their relatives,” he added. “It is really a big tragedy.”

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a report by Andalus radio, which is linked to the armed group.

“Well-armed mujahideen [fighters] attacked the hotel and now they are fighting inside the hotel,” the report said.

Dozens of people, including members of Somalia’s parliament, were thought to have been in the hotel at the time of the attack, Captain Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press news agency.

The hotel is popular with politicians, government officials and entrepreneurs.

Al-Shabab has carried out a series of deadly attacks in Somalia to try to topple the country’s western-backed government.

In June, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on the Nasa Hablod hotel, which killed at least 15 people.

28 thoughts on “Al-Shabab’s Dayax Hotel Attack in Mogadishu Kills 28

  1. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the coordinated twin bombing attacks at a hotel in Mogadishu for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility and which reportedly killed dozens of people.

    1. Another garbage in garbage out. Most people know this index is NOT credible at all. I know Transparency International has been defending its flawed approach for the last five years, but it has yet to disclose its method or make a correction.

      Out of 176 countries, here is their 2016 ranking: Eritrea 164th, Ethiopia 108th, Egypt 108th, Kenya 145th, Uganda 151st, South Sudan 175th.

      Would anyone on his/her right mind argue Eritrea is more corrupt than Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya or Egypt?

      The simple answer is NO. The thing is my family have leaved and done business in all these countries, and I know for sure Eritrea is the least CORRUPT country compared to these countries. Period. Ask any businessperson with the experience in these countries. In certain parts of Nairobi, Kenya, you can’t even cross the road without being stopped by a police for money. This would never happen in Asmara, Eritrea.

      The other crazy comparison is b/n South Sudan and Somalia. They say, South Sudan beats Somalia, really??? How so??

      I AGREE with the critics that the index is clearly flawed. Think about it, who are the “experts” or “NGOs” reporting on doing business in these countries. Yeah, really.

      I am personally interested in knowing who is reporting from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and South Sudan?

      You get my point. This is why Transparency International SHOULD be transparent with this information. More over they need to fix their methodology if they want to be taken seriously. In my view, this is worse than “fake” news.

  2. A plane carrying 90 Somali nationals deported from the U.S. lands at Mogadishu airport, one day after Trump signed an executive order restricting immigration from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

    1. They were illegal anyway since they arrived from the Mexican border and were in detention refugee centre for years, some of them even asked to he returned.

  3. May they Rest In Peace. This should give Trump advisers a new look since they want to put every agency on chopping block thats been helping the poor people of Somali. If you ask me, it’s time to double the budget so the army can properly be trained and no terrorists can ever set foot anywhere near the Horn of Africa. On a different news, WHO just made Dr. Adhanom one of the three contenders to lead WHO, my shabo supporters, this is a great news for you too. Once he makes it, we will work on better clinics that’s not run by government or mental health facilities for war veterans for you, heads up.

    1. LOL, I know you say a lot of crazy stuff here on this site, sometimes, to get attention, most times, to pass on Woyane propaganda.

      The funny thing is I always detect in your writings that you don’t even believe in the things you write about, I am LOL again.

  4. Somalia needs another Mohamed siad barre who used to make the extrmists salafism Islamist disappear all the time, the Somali army should also make al shabab disappear by killing the al shabab fighters caught red handed in the front line or those arrested while in their homes and their al sbabab sympathizers too just kill them and bury them in unmarked grave, no questions ask.

    Somalia really misses Mohamed siad barre, may allah have mercy on our beloved leader.

  5. One Man’s Terrorist Another Man’s Freedom Fighter.

    As much as there are people out there who supports Al-Shebaab supposedly for fighting to “free” their country from ‘infidels’ and to rule it with Sharia law, bla bla … but once they start killing innocent civilians at random fashion, they are no longer freedom fighters but criminal terrorists.

    However, since it is tested and failed to defeat Al-Shabaab militarily, what is the way forward for Somalia and its people?

    The reason I am asking is because there are people out there who still thinks it is possible to defeat these groups by use of force.

    The fact of the matter is, ten years later, these groups are getting stronger and stronger, while their adversaries are getting frustrated, weaker and even abandoned some territories that they gained through heavy sacrifices.

    Since these terror groups have no longer fight the enemy in a conventional warfare, instead, a gorilla style warfare, they attack and wreck havoc the enemy at a very minimum cost. In a single suicide bombing attack, the Shabaab may lost one or two fighters but the damage it leaves on its adversaries (and to the innocent people, by extension) is so huge. So how can you fight and defeat an enemy who fights at a minimal lose while incur a huge lose at your manpower, machinery, infrastructure and morale? Who is fighting them anyway? AMISOM? But AMISOM ain’t take a bullet for Somalis. Why should they? They are mercenaries and it happen that they are in Somalia for the fat pay cheque.

    So what future holds for Somalia?

    1. Al shabab have been defeated militarily as they only controls less than 5 percent of Southern Somalia and many of its terrorists leaders have been killed, the problem in Somalia isn’t al shabab but the corruption amongst these stupid Somali leaders inability to pay the salaries, arm or even feed its soldiers which then threatens to undermine the peace in Somalia, the end result is these Somali soilders become militias then set up roadblocks in order to rob the people to eat and feed their families

      The Somali national army needs to be trained, equiped, advised, paid on time and receive adequate medical care then al shabab can be defeated.

      Remember al shababa has nothing to do with Somalia, they are a terrorist group led by an Egyptian pig.

        1. How can we tell who is Somali and who isn’t when the entire al shabab foot soliders are covering their faces? All we kno is
          *The al shabab leader is ethnic Somali
          *The Al Shabaab spokesman, Sheikh Ali Dhere is an ethnic Somali
          *And the Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab is an ethnic Somali.

          While the rest their’s no clue since they all were masks, for all we kno they could be those two thousands Eritreans troops, Ethiopians militias or Arab invaders or kenyan job seekers etc, theres so many possibility.

          1. You starting to sound like these Eritreans who claim those leaving the country and seeking asylum are not Eritreans but for some reason, they can’t find one Ethiopian or Sudanese who has been deported back to Eritrea. How ironic. The same goes for you, the only country in the horn idiot enough to strap a bomb is from Somalia. My ge’ez people knows how to fight, never a coward, komal.

          2. Lol if a blind man can tell those boats packed with African-migrants bound for Italy are Eritreans but the al shabab terrorists are hard to tell like I said they cover their faces in fact al shabab are the only terrorists groups which tells its fighters to mask their faces, why is that? Why is al shabab telling its fighters to cover their faces? Remember al shabab never used to cover their faces but after joining al Qaeda they started to cover their faces.

            I’m not denying that al shabab ain’t Somalis they are mostly children’s but there’s a large foreign fighters amongst al shabab.

    2. How do you draw a conclusion Somalia has failed when terrorists are picking up soft targets on the daily basis. That simply shows you how desperate they are, public opinion has shifted and Somali army without us can hunt them down. When you add the elected officials going around to speak to their people without being killed and final blow in February 8 with the newly elected president, that’s more than what Iraq has achieved in a short period. Remember, Kenya and Ethiopia are known for marathon not sprint, when our runners stays back, they are only assessing the field in the front with patience to come out ahead, I think we proved it time and time again. Just sit back and enjoy the show please, we got this.

  6. Regardless of how many of them you kill, Terrorist will always be overnight replaced by thousands want-to-be terrorist. The only sane solution is to eliminate the reasons why these young Al-Shebab’s want to commit suicide. Woyane, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi are the reasons Al-Shebab getting stronger. How many years have the Zionist Israel been trying to eradicate terrorist? Have they succeeded? No!!!!

    1. They wanna commit suicide because for a starter they’re like very young like 12 years old and obviously are misguided and used by these terrorists groups for power.

      1. Hello Ugumesh (aka Woyane acting Somali):
        Why do you think 12 year old kids from countries like Palestine, Afghanistan Somalia, Iraq, Libya want to commit suicide? Normal Kids want to play soccer/football. Think, why these kids have lost hope. I am sure you don’t think Woyane, Kenya, USA, ,… have anything to do with the misery of Somalia. Al-Shebab are the product Woyane’s occupation of Somalia. Somalis were never know for terrorism, but are now famous for it. Guess what, you will soon find out 12 year old Ethiopians will be forced to commit suicide with the way Woyane are treating the non-Tigriyan Ethiopians.

        1. IQ, I’m not sure if you were a sleep or being ignorant willingly but from 91 to 2006 Somali was in the midst of civil war and bombing almost everyday, let me guess, woyane, Kenya, US made them bomb each other? US with all its resources has been in Afghan since 2001, it’s still crazy people there and has little to show for it compared to what our son Gen. Gebrae has achieved. Mind you, we have a lot less than the US resources and despite what leader has done to support these terrorists, Somali still moving forward with its election and might attract investment real soon. Now, what have you done in the last 25 years except play victim, jailing anyone who disagree and start a war with every neighbor in the horn? Nada.

          1. Stop acting all innocent Ethiopia is as much to blame for the carnage in Somalia and the Eritreans too who effectively brought their proxy war against Ethiopia in Somalia soil.

            But I can assure you if Somalia goes down then Somalia shall drag Ethiopia to the gutter, last time that Oromo dude put you in your place, that you sir are a minority in Ethiopia so enjoy your last few remaining freedom until trump cuts all aids to Ethiopia and that’s how we kno how strong TPLF.

            Btw I support the ONLF and OLF so eat it homie.

          2. Ayte Ugumesh: there was civil war in Somalia between 1991 to 2006 with No Suicide bombers. All you have now is Suicide bombers by young Somalis. What do you think the reason is? They run out of bullets ? These young Somalis have lost hope, thanks to the death by Woyane, kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Burundi and USA Drones.
            Regarding Ethiopia: Ethiopians have been at war long time, but there was no ethnic hatred until the IQ63 Woyane arrived.

        2. Seriously why you always call me Woyane brother? This isn’t funny anymore dude so plz just stop it, I have made myself clear last time I am not a pro TPLF I also dislike Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the salafis.

          1. Your request seems one from IQ63. TN is a live text (not video) medium, which means we can’t see who is who, except read comments of “something” with a pen name. You might be ethnically Somali, but your writing says a Woyane imitating a Somali war lord.

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