A suicide bomber and gunmen dressed in Somali military uniforms stormed a hotel in the country’s capital Tuesday, killing at least 31 people including six members of parliament, the Somali government said.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility. A suicide bomber apparently started things by blowing up the lobby. Then gunmen stormed through the chaos. A firefight with police lasted an hour.
In the latest adoption of tactics long used by the Afghan militants, al-Shabab is ordering households in southern Somalia to contribute a boy to the militants’ ranks. Childless families have to pay al-Shabab $50 a month. That’s Somalia’s per capita income.