Somalia hotel siege: More than 20 die in al-Shabab attack

Sunday - 21/08/2022 09:48 Author: Editors Desk Source: BBC News:
Somali security forces have said they rescued 106 people who were trapped inside a hotel that had been stormed by militants on Friday night.
REUTERS / Local residents came past the site of the hotel to see the destruciton for themselves
REUTERS / Local residents came past the site of the hotel to see the destruciton for themselves

Twenty-one people are confirmed to have died in the 30-hour ordeal, the health ministry said. The fight to retake the hotel ended overnight, officials said. 

The assailants used explosives to gain entry to Mogadishu's Hayat Hotel before violently taking control. 

Islamist militant group al-Shabab has taken responsibility for the attack.

"I would like to inform all Somalis that the operation at the hotel was concluded at midnight," police Commander Abdi Hassan Mohammed Hijra told journalists in a briefing that took place close to the site of the attack.

"It is shocking that innocent people lost their lives here... The security forces were engaged in rescuing the people one by one and in groups."

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