Somalia forces finish insurgent siege of Mogadishu lodge; 15 killed

Mogadishu (Somalia), August 17

Somalia’s safety forces on Sunday ended a virtually five-hour siege by Islamic extremists at a beachside lodge in Somalia’s capital, mentioned police and a authorities spokesman.

At least 15 folks had been killed when the attackers invaded the Elite Hotel, a brand new institution widespread with Mogadishu’s younger folks, mentioned Col Ahmed Aden, a police officer.

Security forces later killed all 4 attackers and rescued dozens of people that had been trapped contained in the lodge, Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman of Somalia’s Information Ministry advised The Associated Press.

Civilians help an injured particular person at Madina hospital after a blast at Mido Beach in Lido August 16, 2020. REUTERS

The assault began within the afternoon with a strong automobile bomb blast which blew off the safety gates to the lodge. Then gunmen ran inside and took hostages, principally younger women and men who had been eating there, he mentioned.

Ambulance sirens may very well be heard within the space which had an influence outage when the assault began.

Somalia’s homegrown Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, who’re allied to al-Qaida, have claimed duty for the assault by way of its radio arm, Andalus.

The lodge assault shattered a interval of calm that had lasted for a couple of months. Earlier this 12 months, Somalia had a spate of bomb assaults. AP

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