15-40 MPs killed in Somali hotel raid
Reuters quoted a legislator inside the Hotel as saying that 15 parliamentarians have been killed during the Tuesday attack.
“We have captured and killed 40 lawmakers” inside a Hotel named Weheliye, al-Shabab spokesman told a Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu.
Somali government officials have only confirmed the death of three lawmakers.
The report came a day after at least 38 people were killed and dozens injured in clashes between al-Shabab fighters and pro-government forces in Somalia.
Fierce clashes broke out in the capital city of Mogadishu on Monday after al-Shabab fighters attacked positions of pro-government forces backed by African Union (AU) forces, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Witnesses said nonstop shelling rocked the famous Bakara market, causing civilian casualties.
Mogadishu’s Medina hospital reported receiving at least 75 wounded civilians.
An official from Ahlu Sunnah Wal-Jama, a pro-government militia who requested not to be named, blamed rival fighters for starting the fighting.
“They attacked our bases in Dabka intersection but we repelled and pushed them further into Bakara, where they launch their offensives from,” he said.
The Somali government condemned the latest offensives by the militant group.
“Al-Shabab spokesperson publicly declared war against the Somali people and government on Monday. This shows their lack of regards for the holy month of Ramadan. It is against Islam and the Somali culture to fight against another Somali,” said a statement from Ministry of Information.
The latest skirmishes come after al-Shabab announced that it would be launching major offensives against the UN-backed government and African Union troops.