At least 10 killed as terrorists storm hotel in Somali capital
Police and witnesses reported that at least 10 people were killed in an attack by Islamic extremists who stormed a hotel in the capital of Somalia late Friday.
Security personnel reportedly rescued a large number of individuals, including children, from the scene of the attack at the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu while also injuring a number of others.
Before the shooters entered the building, there were explosions outside the hotel.
Early on Saturday, gunfire could still be heard as security personnel worked to apprehend the final shooters who were believed to be camped out in the hotel. On the hotel’s upper level, the exact number of militants still present was unknown.
The most recent of its several attempts to attack locations that frequently attract government leaders, the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed credit for the incident.
The victims’ identities were not immediately known.
“When the first blast and subsequent gunshots were heard, we were drinking tea close to the hotel lobby. I hurried to the ground-floor hotel rooms and locked the doors “Abdullahi Hussein, a witness, told the AP over the phone