Somalia: attack on a hotel in Mogadishu

Somalia: attack on a hotel in Mogadishu
Attack: Emergency services at the scene of the accident in Mogadishu, Somalia.

A hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, was attacked by Al-Shabaab on Friday. On Saturday morning, the security forces were supposed to take control.

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According to the Somali news agency sauna It is about the Pearl Beach Hotel, and there are reports of gunfire and explosions.

The newspaper online Halabsi news He writes that at least 15 were killed and dozens wounded.

The attack began on Friday evening and continued six hours later at 2.30 local time, the newspaper wrote online.

And state media reported in the morning hours that the security forces controlled and neutralized the attackers.

A message about suicide bombers

– The security forces rescued several people from the building, and the operation is still ongoing, according to an announcement issued by the government earlier.

According to unconfirmed reports, three suicide bombers attacked the entrance to the area before a number of gunmen stormed it.

Al Jazeera He writes that the Amin Ambulance Service says it has so far treated seven injured people.

Powerful explosion

– I was near the Pearl Beach restaurant when a powerful explosion occurred in front of the building, says eyewitness Abdul Rahim Ali.

The al-Shabaab Islamist group, which has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda, confirmed it in an audio recording broadcast on Tuesday. Andalus Radio They are behind the attack.

Pearl Beach is said to be popular with foreigners and businessmen, and attackers are said to have struck the hotel’s restaurant.

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Al-Shabaab also attacked a restaurant in the same area in April last year. At least six people were killed. The country’s chief of police and several elected officials were present at the restaurant, but they escaped the incident unharmed.

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