“The Dutchman died in Somalia for his own marriage.”

The attack near a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu killed a Dutchman. According to the NPO Radio 1 programme Bureau Abroad, this is a 35-year-old man of Somali origin from Assen. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that a Dutchman has died.

Because of his marriage, the husband was present at Hotel Afrik, where he stayed with his Saudi wife. She, too, died. During the attack, he had telephone contact with family in Somalia, says a relative of his in the program. On Sunday evening at the hotel, an explosion took place, after which several armed extremists in the hotel opened fire on those present.

Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by al-Shabaab terrorist organisation, which has ties to al-Qaeda. In the firefight with the police, which lasted several hours, four terrorists were killed. The former General and Defense Minister Mohamed Nur Galal was also killed. According to the authorities of the country, a total of nine people were killed and ten civilians were injured in the attack.

Al-Shabaab is more likely to commit suicide attacks in Mogadishu, with the aim of overthrowing the Somali government. The deadliest attack was committed in 2017, when more than 500 people were killed by a heavy truck bomb. Hotel Afrik is popular with national and foreign dignitaries, foreign visitors and journalists.