Mogadishu. Somali security forces entered a hotel in the capital Mogadishu on Monday where Islamic extremists had held dozens of people hostage for more than 18 hours. The extremists also killed eight people. Police spokesman Sadiq Dodishe said all the activists were killed in the operation at the Villa Rosa hotel and a security guard also died during it.
The spokesman said around 60 people trapped in the hotel were freed and none were injured. However, it is not yet clear if anyone is missing or not. According to Dodishe, five assailants were killed by security forces while the sixth blew himself up. The extremist Islamist group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Al Shabaab said on Sunday that its fighters attacked the hotel.
These days, extremists continually carry out attacks in Somalia. Earlier, more than 100 people were killed in two bomb attacks in the Somali capital. Health Minister Ali Haji said around 500 people were injured. It is the deadliest attack in Somalia since a truck bomb in the same location five years ago killed more than 500 people.
Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the bombings. The Somali government, led by newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamad, has launched a new campaign against al-Shabaab, targeting its financial networks .Attempts to close are also included. The government has said that this fight will continue.
Keywords: Somalia, terrorist attack
FIRST POST: November 29, 2022, 01:48 HST