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Arrests made after Mogadishu hotel bombing

Hiiraan Online
Saturday, February 21, 2015

MOGADISHU (HOL) --- Somalia's security forces arrested dozens of staffers for a hotel bombed by the Al-Qaeda-linked group, killing dozens including top Somali government officials, Somalia's security minister said.

On Friday, a car bomb parked inside Central hotel and a suicide bomber have killed at least 25 people, including two legislators, politicians and wounded top officials including the deputy prime minister.

Surprised by the access into the hotel, Somalia's intelligence forces have arrested the employees of the hotel for interrogation after reports emerged that some staffers facilitated the attack that shocked the horn of Africa nation which is recovering from decades of war.

Somalia's security minister Abdirizaq Mohamed told reporters that 12 employees including security guards and two managers for the hotel were arrested.

"We believe they facilitated the attack, though investigations are underway." He said. Mr. Omar has urged hotel owners to ensure the security of their properties, preventing militants from using them to carry out attacks in the city.

Friday's attack has also wounded more than 40 people including the deputy prime minister Mohamed Omar Arteh who was airlifted to overseas for medication on Saturday.



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