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World Somalia hotel attack: Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Mogadishu raid on SYL hotel

08:15  11 december  2019
08:15  11 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Mogadishu , Somalia (CNN) An upscale hotel in Somalia 's capital Mogadishu is under siege after heavily armed gunmen overpowered security guards and The Al - Shabaab terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack , saying in a statement that their fighters conducted the raid as planned.

Security forces ended a deadly attack at a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Tuesday after a seven-hour battle that left at least three civilians and two soldiers dead.

a red white and black truck sitting on top of a car: An ambulance carrying a victim from an attack by Al-Shabaab gunmen on a hotel near the presidential residence arrives at the Shaafi hospital in Mogadishu.© Feilsal Omar/Reuters An ambulance carrying a victim from an attack by Al-Shabaab gunmen on a hotel near the presidential residence arrives at the Shaafi hospital in Mogadishu.

The attack began when five heavily armed gunmen overpowered security guards and stormed the upscale SYL hotel, according to police and government officials.

Eleven people were injured, including two members of the country's security forces, police said.

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At least fifteen people died in a deadly Al - Shabaab attack in Mogadishu on Friday. The militant group targeted a popular hotel opposite the Presidential palace in Mogadishu but didn't achieve its target - Authorities in Somalia remain challenged by the militant group's guerrilla attacks .

Al - Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for a weekend attack on a hotel in Mogadishu . At least 16 people were killed. That includes guards

The attackers, claimed by terrorist group Al-Shabaab, began shooting at responding Somali security forces, said police officer Ali Abdi.

All five attackers were killed in the firefight, officials said.

"The security forces have finally accomplished the operation they have been conducting in SYL hotel, the entire of the 5 attackers have been killed, (and) 5 people have been killed in the attack," government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar tweeted early Wednesday.

Dozens of people were evacuated from the hotel, he also said. The SYL is close to the presidential palace and is popular with Somali lawmakers and security officials, according to local police.

Hassan Ahmed, who was in a nearby building when the attack unfolded, told CNN he heard the sound of explosions coming from inside the hotel.

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement its fighters conducted the raid as planned. CNN could not confirm the claim.

Police warned the death toll could rise.

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