“#Somali special forces end a 4 hours-long deadly siege at Elite hotel in #Mogadushu after killing the last attacker,” Ismail Mukhtar stated on Twitter late Sunday.
Mukhtar and police stated 4 attackers have been concerned within the assault. He put the dying toll at 10, together with a solider and two officers with the data and protection ministries. Dozens of others have been wounded, hospital sources stated.
Mukhtar stated 205 folks had been rescued after troops ended the siege at 10 p.m. native time.
The assault started when a automobile bomb detonated at the gates of the Elite Hotel and gunmen then launched an assault inside.
Somali terror group Al-Shabaab claimed accountability for the assault in a press release posted on its mouthpiece channel, Radio Andalus.
“The mujahideen carried out an assault involving car bomb[s] and [a] gun raid targeting [the] Elite hotel owned by [a] Somali lawmaker,” the al Qaeda affiliated group stated. The proprietor of the hotel, lawmaker Abdullahi Mohamed Nur, stated after the siege ended that he was amongst these freed.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo issued a press release condemning the “heinous and cowardly” terrorist assault.
“The main purpose of the ambush attacks by the terrorists is to discourage the Somali people who are recovering from difficult circumstances,” he stated. “It is a fact that their plan is to harm every Somali through some misguided Somali youth.”
The president issued his condolences over the victims of the assault and wished a speedy restoration to the wounded.
Somalia’s Ministry of Information confirmed the dying of Abdirisak Abdi, a ministry official.
The beachfront Elite Hotel is repeatedly frequented by locals and foreigners since it’s primarily based in a closely protected space within the metropolis. But it’s unclear if there are any overseas nationals presently staying at the hotel.
CNN’s Hira Humayun, Samantha Beech and Susannah Cullinane contributed tot his report.