At least ten people have died this Sunday when armed attackers have stormed a hotel near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Among the victims are two people with dual Somali and British nationality, Mohamed Dahir, a Somali Police officer, told the DPA agency.
The terrorist organization Al Shabaab claimed this Sunday an attack launched against a hotel in the country’s capital, a building that was still under siege late on Sunday.
Security sources confirmed to the Garowe Online portal, an “attack in progress” at the Vila Rose hotel, popular with members of the Somali Parliament.
According to these sources, which confirmed the presence of Al Shabaab militants, the civilians and officials were evacuated and now the security forces are trying to neutralize the assailants.
These incidents occur after the Somali Army, with the support of the United States, has increased the pace of its operations against the jihadist group, one of the most fearsome in Africa, within the “total war” declared by Somali President Hassan. Sheikh Mohamud.
The attack also occurred two days after a large-scale operation by the Somali Army in the center of the country, an operation in which at least a hundred Al Shabaab fighters were killed, including ten militia leaders.