At least 10 individuals had been killed in an assault by Islamic militants who stormed a lodge in Somalia’s capital late Friday, police and eyewitnesses mentioned.
Several different individuals had been injured and safety forces rescued many others, together with kids, from the scene of the assault at Mogadishu’s Hayat Hotel, they mentioned.
The assault began with explosions exterior the lodge earlier than gunmen entered the constructing.
Gunfire may nonetheless be heard early Saturday as safety forces tried to include the final gunmen, who had been regarded as holed up within the lodge. It was unclear what number of militants remained on the lodge’s prime ground.
The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed accountability for the assault, the most recent of its frequent makes an attempt to strike locations which are usually visited by authorities officers.
There was no instant phrase on the identities of the victims.
“We were having tea near the hotel lobby when we heard the first blast followed by gunfire. I immediately rushed toward hotel rooms on the ground floor, and I locked,” eyewitness Abdullahi Hussein instructed the AP by cellphone. “The militants went straight upstairs and started shooting. I was inside the room until the security forces arrived and rescued me.”
He mentioned that on his technique to security he noticed “several bodies lying on the ground outside hotel reception.”