According to CNN, the attack began when a suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of the heavily guarded Asasey hotel, which is popular with politicians, international tourists and lawmakers.Once the gate was brought down, four al-Shabaab attackers stormed the premises and battled with Jubaland state’s officials for 12 hours.
The victims, The Guardian reported, included a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist, one Briton, three Kenyans, three Tanzanians and two Americans. Among the injured were two Chinese nationals.According to a witness account on Reuters, the explosion destroyed huge parts of the hotel and nearby businesses.
This isn't the first time that the terrorist group has attacked hotels in Somalia. The Wehliya Hotel was attacked by the group twice. Once in 2015 and then in 2017 when a bomb went off close to the hotel property.
In February 2017, another property Village Hotel was attacked by the militants.