A suicide bomber rammed a truck rigged with explosives into the outer wall of one of Mogadishu’s most secure hotels on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and severely damaging the building, local authorities said.
The Al-Qaeda-linked group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, which also injured 20 people. The walled, luxury Jazeera Hotel is considered the most secure in Somalia’s capital and is frequented by diplomats, foreigners and visiting heads of state.
The blast killed one armed guard at the Chinese embassy inside the hotel, as well as three embassy staffers, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday in a statement online.
“This is really scary — destroying the Jazeera hotel like this means no blast walls can make anyone safe,” said bystander Yusuf Mohammed.
The blast destroyed at least eight rooms and stunned the residents of the Somali capital.