September 28, 2022

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Somali forces end 30-hour hotel siege, military official says | the world

Somali forces lay siege to a hotel in the capital SomaliaMogadishu, a military official told Reuters on Sunday that they were still clearing explosives scattered around the building.

Officials told the Associated Press news agency that at least 20 people were killed. Somalia’s elite armed forces battled al Qaeda-linked militants for 30 hours. The Hyatt Hotel was bombed on Friday night.

“We are still investigating the explosion of several plastic bags scattered around the hotel,” said Mohammad Ali, an army officer at the scene.

French news agency France-Presse quoted the security chief as saying earlier that all the gunmen had been killed.

Friday’s attack was the first major such incident since President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took office in May.

Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Al Shabaab has been fighting to topple the Somali government for more than 10 years. It wants to establish its own government based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

The Hyatt is a popular hotel for lawmakers and other government officials.

Video captures gunfire surrounding a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia

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