Somali police and intelligence chiefs sacked after Al Shabab hotel attack

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Somalia’s government dismissed the national police and intelligence chiefs on Sunday after a deadly attack on a hotel in the capital by Al Shabab militants.

Intelligence agency boss Abdillahi Mohamed Sanbalooshe and police chief Abdihakim Dahir Said were “fired for the purpose of serious accountability,” information minister Abdirahman Omar Osmanannounced after a cabinet meeting.

The attack on the Nasahablod Two hotel came exactly two weeks after a lorry bombing killed at least 358 people in the capital.

Security minister Mohamed Abukar Islow told the cabinet meeting that the death toll from the hotel attack was 27, two fewer than the figure given earlier by police.

Gunmen stormed the hotel in Mogadishu after a suicide car bomber rammed the entrance, leading to a siege lasting nearly 12 hours. A second suicide car bomber struck at the former parliament building nearby soon afterwards.

Abdullahi Nur, a police officer who earlier gave the death toll as 29, said at least 12 of the dead were police officers. A woman was beheaded while her three children were shot dead, he said.

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