Shabab fighters claimed casualties attacking the Hayat Hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Friday.
At least 13 civilians were killed in an attack by radical Shabab Islamists on a hotel in Mogadishu, the Somali capital.
Jihadists stormed the popular Hayat hotel on Friday night in a gunfight with security forces, punctuated by explosions.
Security forces continued to neutralize the terrorists, who were surrounded in a room in the hotel building. Most people have been rescued […], but the total number of civilians killed by the terrorists comes to 13, said security force official Mohamed Abdikadir.
The attackers were still entrenched in the hotel early Saturday. Sporadic gunfire and loud explosions were heard in the area.
Security forces rescued dozens of civilians, including children, who were trapped in the building, Abdikadir added. Somali police spokesman Abdifatah Adan Hassan told the press that the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber.
Witnesses said that ;a second explosion took place minutes after the first, causing casualties among rescuers, members of the security forces and civilians who rushed to the hotel after the first explosion.
The attack on Hayat Hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday left several casualties among rescuers, members security forces and civilians.
An Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda, the Shabab, which has been engaged in an insurgency against the Somali federal government for 15 years, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A group of Shabab attackers broke into Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, fighters are carrying out random shooting inside the hotel, the group confirmed in a brief statement on a pro-Shabab website.
Shabab spokesman Abdiaziz Abu-Musab told their station, Radio Andalus, on Saturday that the group still controlled the building and had inflicted heavy casualties on security forces.
< p class="e-p">This is the largest attack in Mogadishu since the election of Somalia's new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, in May.
A rain of shells also fell on Saturday in another district of the capital, Hamar Jajab, located by the sea. Twenty people were injured, including children, said district commissioner Mucawiye Muddey. Among those seriously injured are a young bride and her husband as well as an entire family, both parents and their three children, he said. The attack has not yet been claimed.
The Shabab were driven out of the main cities of the country, including Mogadishu in 2011, but they remain present in vast rural areas. In recent months, they have intensified their attacks.
A car bomb attack near the presidential palace in the capital of Mogadishu in September 2021.
< p class="e-p">In May, US President Joe Biden decided to re-establish a military presence in Somalia to fight the Shabab there, approving a request from the Pentagon which deemed the rotation system decided by Donald Trump at the end of his term too risky and ineffective. mandate. The United States has carried out several airstrikes on militants in recent weeks.
On Wednesday, the United States military announced that it had killed in an airstrike 13 Shabab militiamen who x27;attacked Somali regular forces soldiers in a remote area of the Horn of Africa country.
The strike was carried out on Sunday near Teedaan, about 300 km north of Mogadishu, according to a statement from the US military command in Africa.
In recent weeks, the Shabab have also carried out attacks on the Somalia-Ethiopia border, raising concerns about stability in that border region.
Somalia's new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, said last month that a military approach is insufficient to end the violent Shabab insurgency, stressing that his government will only negotiate with the jihadist group when the time is deemed appropriate. /p>
In early August, Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre announced the appointment of a former leader of radical Islamists Shabab, turned politician, as minister of religious affairs in the Somali government.
Muktar Robow, alias Abu Mansour, had publicly defected in August 2017 from the movement he helped found.