Somalia's al Shabaab kill four in attack on hotel in Puntland region: official

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 08, 2017 12:31 AM

BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab militants stormed a hotel in the capital of the semi-autonomous Puntland region, Bosasso, on Wednesday, killing four guards, while two of the attackers also died, a senior official said.

"Three al Shabaab fighters stormed the International Village Hotel this morning. Four guards and two of the attackers died in the fighting," Yusuf Mohamed, the governor of Bari region, told Reuters.

"Fortunately, the attackers did not enter the rooms. The fighting took place inside the compound. A third fighter escaped and we are pursuing him. All the people in the hotel are safe."

(Reporting by Abdiqabni Hassan; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Robert Birsel)