An attack on a hotel in the center of the Somali capital on Sunday left more than 9 people dead, after a seven-hour deadly siege in Mogadishu, according to Voice of America report.
Meanwhil, the Security forces were able to rescue dozens of people from the hotel during the siege. Militant group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
Also, Police reported that all four al-Shabab militants who stormed Hotel Afrik were killed.
Moreover, Mohamed Nur Galal, a well-known retired general and former defense minister, was among those confirmed killed in the attack on the popular Hotel Afrik. The Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and the country’s prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, sent condolences following Galal’s death. Both leaders urged Somali people to unite against the terrorist group of al-Shabab.
Noteworthy, the hotel is located along a strategic road linking downtown Mogadishu with the international airport, is frequented by politicians, lawmakers and senior civil servants.