An explosion in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu rocked the city Wednesday, creating a huge plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.
Witnesses on the ground say the explosion was immediately followed by gunfire. Gunmen have stormed the hotel and are taking over the floors, reportedly shooting civilians on sight. The explosion resulting from the attack could be seen from as far as three miles away.
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The attack is likely a retaliation from prominent Somalian terrorist group al-Shabaab. The al-Qaida-linked group was attacked by Kenyan forces last Wednesday, leaving around 21 terrorists dead. The Kenyan military is assisting the Somalian government in securing the broken country via the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Al-Shabaab took one of its heaviest losses ever in early March when a U.S. air strike annihilated one the group’s camps, killing 150.
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