Yesterday afternoon, Muslim terrorists associated with al-Shabaab attacked a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least 35:
The assault, the latest in a series by the Islamist group targeting hotels and restaurants, began when a suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives outside the building.
Gunmen then stormed Mogadishu’s Naasa Hablood hotel and gunfire rang out for several hours, witnesses said, before the authorities declared the attack over.
The car-bomb blast came at about 4.30 pm on Saturday local time and produced a large column of smoke over the hotel, which is frequented by politicians.
A cabinet minister was among those murdered.
Gunmen fought their way inside, and a witness said they began shooting randomly at hotel guests.
Blood was splattered on the hotel floor. …
It is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when extremists often step up attacks in this volatile country in the Horn of Africa.
Likewise, Christians launch terrorist attacks during Lent. Just kidding.
“They came shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and fired bullets on every side,” said a hotel staffer who escaped through the back door.
Of course they did. They always do, to emphasize that their murders have nothing to do with Islam.
“They are devils who merely care for death and blood.”
“Devils” is a fair, well-considered characterization. I have nothing particular to say about this attack–one of many–except that I don’t think it should pass unnoticed. al-Shabaab is devoted to establishing sharia law in Somalia. Who knows, it might succeed. Certainly it won’t fail due to any intelligent action on the part of the Obama administration or other Western powers.
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