- A hotel in Somalia's capital city Mogadishu has been taken over a terrorist group Al-Shabab.
- So far, 8 people have been killed due to the terrorist attack, informed Abdikadir Abdirahman.
- Al-Shabab has been fighting to topple the Somali government for more than 10 years.
Somalia hotel news: At least 20 people were killed while 40 others were injured after a hotel in Somalia's capital city Mogadishu was taken over by a terrorist group Al-Shabab, not so long after the group claimed responsibility for two car bomb blasts and gunfire in the city. Earlier today, it was reported that nine injured people were carried away from the hotel, informed Abdikadir Abdirahman, director and founder of Mogadishu's Aamin ambulance services.
"Two car bombs targeted Hotel Hayat. One hit a barrier near the hotel and then the other hit the gate of the hotel. We believe the fighters are inside the hotel," said a police officer. Two intelligence officers, who did not want to be identified, also confirmed the incident.
About Al-Shabab terror group
Al-Shabab is an Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group. Al-Shabab has been fighting to topple the Somali government for more than 10 years. It wants to establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law, reported Al Jazeera.
Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for similar attacks in the past. In August 2020, it said it was behind a strike on another hotel in Mogadishu, in which at least 16 people were killed. Al-Shabab fighters were driven out of the capital in 2011 by an African Union force, but the armed group still controls vast swaths of countryside.
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Gunfight between terrorists, security forces
Its seige of Hotel Hayat triggered a fierce gunfight between security forces and gunmen who were still holed up inside the building, said security official Abdukadir Hassan.
"We don't have the details so far but there are casualties, and the security forces are now engaging with the enemy who are holed up inside the building," Hassan said. The Hayat is a popular spot in Mogadishu in an area where several other hotels are located, and it is frequented by government officials and civilians.
Police officers were conducting an operation aimed at stopping the attack, the state-run Somali National News Agency said on its Twitter account, citing a police spokesperson. The agency posted a picture showing smoke billowing from above the scene.
Al-Shabab terrorists killed by the US
Earlier this week, the United States announced that its forces had killed 13 Al-Shabab fighters in an air raid in the central-southern part of the country as the group was attacking Somali forces. The US has carried out several air raids on the fighters in recent weeks. Friday's attack is the first major assault since President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took office in May.
(With ANI Inputs)