Mogadishu Attack: Al-Shabab Fighters Kill 19 In Suicide Car Bomb Assault on Hotel, Restaurant

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Somali men carry away the body of a civilian who was killed in an attack at the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu on June 15, 2017. A suicide car bombing and assault by Shabab militants on two neighboring restaurants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu ended Thursday morning with 18 dead, a government spokesman said. The attack began at around 8pm (17.00GMT) on the evening of June 14 with a suicide car bombing at the Post Treats restaurant and club, after which gunmen stormed inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant. Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty

At least 19 people were killed when Islamist attackers launched a car bomb and gun attack on a busy hotel and adjacent restaurant in the Somali capital, a police officer said on Thursday.

A car driven by a suicide bomber rammed into the Posh Hotel in south Mogadishu on Wednesday evening before gunmen rushed into Pizza House, an adjacent restaurant, and took 20 people hostage. Posh Hotel is the only venue with a discotheque in the capital.

Abdi Bashir told Reuters the Somali security forces took control of the restaurant at midnight after the gunmen held hostages inside for several hours. Five of the gunmen were killed, Bashir said.

"We are in control of the hotel but it was mostly destroyed by the suicide bomber," he told Reuters by phone.

Witnesses said there were bodies lying at the scene on Thursday morning as ambulances came to take them away.

Al Shabab, the Islamist militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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