Somalia terror attack "desperate attempt" to disrupt election

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Violent extremists have carried out bombings in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on various occasions. Shown here is the aftermath of a car bomb attack on the city’s Banadir Beach hotel on 25 August 2016. Photo: UN Somalia (file)

The attack on the Dayax hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday has been described by the UN there as a "desperate attempt" by Al Shabaab extremists to disrupt the electoral process.

Joseph Contreras, the Spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, UNSOM, said the terrorist group's "continual resort to violent tactics is a sign of weakness."

At least 20 people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, Somali officials announced earlier that presidential elections will be held on 8 February.

Mr Contreras spoke on the line from Mogadishu to Jocelyne Sambira.

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