Muna hotel floor in Mogadishu
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Somali MPs killed in hotel suicide attack

Islamist gunmen have stormed a hotel close to Somalia's presidential palace and killed at least 32 people, including six MPs.

They approached the Muna hotel, opened fire on a guard, then one of them blew himself up inside the building.

The BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu says the men were disguised as government soldiers and that the MPs' security was susceptible to such an attack.

The Islamist group Al-Shabab launched a new offensive on Monday soon after its spokesman said the group was declaring a "massive war" on the African Union force, describing its 6,000 peacekeepers as "invaders".

  • 24 Aug 2010