(MOGADISHU, Somalia) — Somalia’s safety forces on Sunday ended an almost five-hour siege by Islamic extremists at a beachside resort in Somalia’s capital, mentioned police and a authorities spokesman.
No less than 15 folks have been killed when the attackers invaded the Elite Lodge, a brand new institution well-liked with Mogadishu’s younger folks, mentioned Col. Ahmed Aden, a police officer.
Safety forces later killed all 4 attackers and rescued dozens of people that have been trapped contained in the resort, Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman of Somalia’s data ministry instructed The Related Press.
The assault began within the afternoon with a strong automobile bomb blast which blew off the safety gates to the resort. Then gunmen ran inside and took hostages, largely younger women and men who have been eating there, he mentioned.
Ambulance sirens might be heard within the space which had an influence outage when the assault began.
Somalia’s homegrown Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, who’re allied to al-Qaida, have claimed accountability for the assault by way of its radio arm, Andalus.
The resort assault shattered a interval of calm that had lasted for a number of months. Earlier this yr Somalia had a spate of bomb assaults.