Somali hotel rises again after al Shabaab bombing

By Abdi Sheikh

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A former minister in Somalia whose hotel was damaged in a bomb attack by the Islamist group al Shabaab says he is rebuilding and expanding, in an unusual show of business confidence in a country where violence is a daily challenge.

The car bomb in August blew out the windows of the beachfront Elite Hotel in Mogadishu and partially destroyed its perimeter wall. Attackers then stormed the building, setting off grenades and shooting their way through rooms and staircases.

“I have to invest in reconstruction. To stop reconstruction for fear of what may happen