Jazeera Palace Hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has reopened months after a deadly attack by Islamist group Al-Shabaab killing 15. (Xinhua)
MOGADISHU, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Somalia's Jazeera Palace Hotel has run amid tight security for days since it reopened after a deadly attack by Islamist group Al-Shabaab in July last year.
Abdinasir Mohamed, a manager at Jazeera Palace Hotel, told Xinhua on Thursday there were security improvements in the hotel including services offered to the customers.
"After the opening of the hotel we have taken actions to improve security and no employee has been discriminated or sacked even though they may have suffered injuries," Mohamed said during an interview at the hotel.
The hotel reopened on Nov. 29. It is a luxury hotel in the capital Mogadishu --popular with government officials and international diplomats -- and accommodates several embassies, including those of China, Qatar and Egypt.
"We are also hiring extra staff to bolster our operations and make the hotel the best in the country," Mohamed added.
Photo taken on July 29, 2015 shows the damaged Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia after the bomb attack killing 15 people. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
Despite lying at one of the most secure places in Mogadishu, the hotel was largely destroyed in July last year when a suicide bomber used a truck rigged with explosives to attack it, killing at least 15 people and wounding over 40 others.
The attack was described as one of the worst scenes of destruction seen in Mogadishu in years. Al-Shabaab says it is responsible for it.
Al-Shabaab has in the past year targeted Mogadishu a number of times despite retreating to rural areas in the south.
"We are not affected by such insecurity incidents and we continue with our work," Mohamed said.