Somali forces end siege at Mogadishu hotel, 12 killed

for Tv47 Digital August 21, 2022, 03:21 AM
Hotel Hayat attack Mogadishu
A Somalia security officer and the aftermath of terrorist attack on Hotel Hayat in Mogadishu. At least 12 people were killed. PHOTOS/REUTERS

Somali forces have ended the siege at a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, the AFP news agency said in a tweet on Saturday, citing a security commander.

"The gunmen are dead," the commander told AFP, adding that a press briefing would be held Sunday morning. At least 12 people were killed when al Qaeda-linked militants attacked the hotel.

The attackers struck the Hayat Hotel on Friday evening with two car bombs, before entering the facility while firing their guns and seizing control. The Hayat Hotel is popular with lawmakers and other governments officials.

The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Jihadist group statements.

Al Shabaab has been fighting to topple the Somali government for more than 10 years. It wants to establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for similar attacks in the past. In August 2020, it said it was behind an attack on another hotel in Mogadishu in which at least 16 people were killed.

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