Mogadishu Somalia Accor Hotel

At least 16 people were killed when Islamist insurgents attacked a seaside hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, a government spokesman said, and a friend he was having dinner with was killed, but Moalimuu jumped over a wall and fled to the beach, he said. Three soldiers were killed in the attack when a suicide bomber rammed the base's gate, said Abdirahman Abdiwahid al-Shabaab, a spokesman for the Somali security forces. He said the soldiers had left their base and al-Shabab fighters had entered the base and attacked one of the dead with a booby trap, killing two other soldiers when it exploded. The soldiers had given up and the friend they were having dinner with had been killed by the suicide bomber, according to an SNA statement.

The attackers killed eight soldiers, including the commander of the base, he told Reuters. Five soldiers were also killed in a separate attack on a military base in the southern city of Kismayo, where militants from the group launched an attack on the Somali National Army (SNA) base on Wednesday.

Al-Shabaab militants carried out a similar attack on a Somali military base on Monday, killing at least five soldiers, security sources who shared footage of the security operation told Reuters. Somali soldiers helped guests climb out of a hotel window by rope, while cheering soldiers chanted "Allahu Akbar" over the bloodied bodies of three men sprawled in the stairwell.

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