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Somalia: 10 people killed in Al-Shabaab attack on hotel

1st Feb 2021
Somalia: 10 people killed in Al-Shabaab attack on hotel

By Mohammed Dhaysane

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA)​​​​​​​ – Somali security forces ended an eight-hour-long siege on a hotel early on Monday following an attack by al-Shabaab terrorists in the capital Mogadishu.

At least ten people were killed amid the fighting centered on Afrik Hotel, strategically located near the heavily fortified Mogadishu airport and often frequented by government officials, opposition politicians and humanitarian workers.

The casualties include a retired army general as well as four members of the al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group and five civilians, authorities have said since the fighting began with a suicide car bomb blast followed by heavy fighting between security forces and attackers.

More than ten people were wounded and rushed to nearby hospitals in the capital for treatment, police spokesman Sadaq Adan Ali told reporters.
Abdifatah Hassan, a police captain in Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency that the casualties could rise.

Local media reported that four soldiers from a special unit were also killed during the clashes inside the hotel.

Retired army general and former defense minister Mohamed Nuur Galal is among those killed in the attack, according to Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.

“My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the heinous terror attack in Hotel Afrik, including Gen Mohamed Nur Galal, who served his country with valor for over 50 years. This attack is yet another reminder of the savage enemy we face. We must unite against terror,” Roble said in a short statement posted on Twitter.

Police in the Horn of Africa nation also said that during the operation, dozens of people including government officials and civilians had been rescued from the violence.

[Photo: Fire brigade team and ambulances are sent to the site after a bombing targeting Afrik Hotel, located near KM4, Aden Adde International Airport Road in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on 31 January 20201.  Photographer: Sadak Mohamed/AA]

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