EYEAFRICA TV: Mogadishu, Somalia: In Somalia, where security agencies have ended a siege on a hotel in the capital city of Mogadishu, authorities said 10 people, including five assailants, were killed in the siege that lasted seven hours.
The other five include two soldiers and three civilians. Several others were injured, with over 100 rescued.
The Somalia-based al-Shabaab group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The militants gained access to the SYL Hotel by disguising themselves as security guards before opening fire.
The hotel is situated in a fortified area within Mogadishu and is frequented by foreigners and wealthy locals. Victims with serious injuries are being treated in various Mogadishu hospitals.
“At around 6:00 p.m. yesterday, the hospital received several people who had sustained injuries at the SYL hotel. The doctors and other staff at the hospital have made an effort to attend to the injured patients. We discharged those whose injuries were light. But those who sustained serious injuries are still admitted. We received around 10 injured persons. We discharged many of them but there are still five of them in the hospital. We are handling their situation,” said Mohamed Abas, general director of Daru Al-shifa Specialist Hospital in Mogadishu.
Al-Shabaab, formally known as Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, is a jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda. In February 2012, some of the group’s leaders quarreled with Al-Qaeda over the union, and quickly lost ground. Al-Shabaab’s troop strength was estimated at 7,000 to 9,000 militants in 2014. As of 2015, the group has retreated from the major cities. However al-Shabaab still controls large parts of the rural areas.