At least eight people were killed and nine wounded in an attack by the militant group al-Shabaab on a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

The attack on the hotel took place on Friday (August 19), the BBC reported.

According to the police, the attackers first set off two explosions outside the hotel building before entering and shooting.

Later, a special police rescue team rescued many guests and employees from the hotel.

The website of the militant group al-Shabaab reported the forced entry into the hotel.

Last May, Hassan Mohamed took office as the new president of Somalia. Then this is the first terrorist attack in the country’s capital.

(20th August)