January 18, 2018

Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia left 17 killed, 28 injured

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Sat Mar 28 2015, 2:58 pm

SomaliaA 12 hours long attack by Al-Shabaab insurgents at a hotel in Somlia ended Saturday leaving 17 people killed and 28 others injured.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia President, said that Somalia’s ambassador to Switzerland was among those killed in the attack.

Senior police officer Capt Mohamed Hussein said that there is no resistance at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel. Adding that it is now in full control of the security forces.

“The operation has ended we have taken full control of the hotel,” he said.

Al-Shabaab insurgents started the attack at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, at around 04:00 PM (local time) Friday by carrying out a suicide motor bomb explosion at its gate.

Officials say gunmen quickly moved in to Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel after the explosion and took the hotel into siege.

The hotel was took back into control by security forces after 12 hours of siege which left 17 people killed and 28 others wounded.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel which is famous for Somalia officials and foreigners in Mogadishu.

Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen or Al-Shabaab active in east African region since 2006 is linked to Al-Qaeda.

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