Ten individuals, according to security authorities, were murdered when al-Shabab extremists raided a hotel in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
According to the police, the terrorists set up two bombs outside the hotel before breaking in and starting to shoot.
Hours after the attack started, they were reportedly holed up on the top floor of the Hotel Hayat.
Numerous visitors and employees of the hotel are alleged to have been rescued by a specialized police squad.
“Terrorists who were confined inside a hotel building room by security personnel were still being neutralized. The majority of the victims were saved, but so far, at least eight civilian deaths have been confirmed “Mohamed Abdikadir, an official, stated.
A website connected to al-Shabab had earlier claimed that a gang of terrorists had “forcefully entered” the hotel and were “carrying out random shooting.”
According to reports, federal personnel frequently congregate at The Hayat.
According to the head of Mogadishu’s Aamin ambulance services, Abdikadir Abdirahman, nine individuals were hurt and taken from the hotel.
Unconfirmed pictures making the rounds on social media appeared to show smoke coming out of the hotel while screams and loud noises are audible.
Two vehicle explosives were aimed at the Hotel Hayat, a police official informed the news agency Reuters. “The first one struck a nearby barrier, while the second one struck the hotel’s gate. We think the combatants are at the hotel.”
Al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, has been at odds with the central government for a very long time.
The organization has been able to expand its influence into regions under the control of the Mogadishu-based government while still maintaining control over much of southern and central Somalia.
Concerns regarding a potential new tactic by al-Shabab have been raised in recent weeks as a result of militants connected to the organization attacking areas along the border between Somalia and Ethiopia.
Since Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia’s new president, was elected in May, the group has carried out just one attack in the nation’s capital, on Friday.
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