Family reopens Mogadishu hotel where their father and Son were killed by al-Shabaab
Mogadishu’s Sahafi hotel, the site of a deadly attack in which 17 people were killed including the hotel owner and score others injured has reopened its doors for the public.
The rest of the family reopened the hotel three years after the owner was killed by a bomb blast attack. His father died in a similar assault in 2014.
Security was tight around the hotel as business resumed on Saturday for the first time since the attack.
Gunmen from the Al-Qaeda linked group al-Shabab stormed the popular hotel in 2017, in a brazen attack.
During the civil war in the 1990s, it used to be the only place foreign journalists could be safe amidst the raging war.
“The security is much better than where we were, I almost come here for daily for coffee, I also love the view,” Abdi Mohammud told Dalsan.
Hotel Sahafi was the only photo studio in the Mid-1990s where most of the youths in the capital flocked during the weekends for photos and was nicknamed “photo Sahafi”.