Somalia Ends Hotel Siege that left at Least 20 Dead

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    Somalia Ends Hotel Siege that left at Least 20 Dead

    MOGADISHU – Somalia (Horn Observer) Somali authorities on Thursday said that the more than 12 hour long siege that left at least 20 people dead has been completed, ahead of the arrival of the British Secretary State for Foreign and Common wealt

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MOGADISHU – Somalia (Horn Observer) Somali authorities on Thursday said that the more than 12 hour long siege that left at least 20 people dead has been completed, ahead of the arrival of the British Secretary State for Foreign and Common wealth and the Turkish President in Mogadishu.

 

 

Somali authorities said that a vehicle laden with explosives detonated outside the Ambassador Hotel before three militants stormed inside the building, prompting firefight inside the hotel to continue from dusk to dawn, after special trained police and intelligence units arrived at the hotel soon after the attack.

 

 

Somalia’s minister of information, Mohamed Abdi Hayer speaking to the local media at the scene of the attack on Thursday morning said the terrorists targeted civilians adding that the death toll could rise any time soon. 

Hospital sources in Mogadishu indicated that more than 50 were wounded, some of whom have reportedly died for their wounds.

The attack of the Ambassador Hotel coincides the arrival of the Turkish President and the British Foreign Secretary to Mogadishu on Thursday.

The Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Prime Minister Sharmaarke, African Union Mission, the United Nations and the United States condemned the barbaric attack against the Ambassador Hotel.

"The people of Somalia have chosen the path of peace and yearn to build a stable and prosperous nation for the current and future generation and no amount of cowardly acts by terrorists will stop them from realizing this goal.” Said Ambassador Madeira of the African Union Mission to Somalia.

The U.S. Mission to Somalia also condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric attack on the Ambassador Hotel in Mogadishu.

This attack exemplifies the menace that al-Shabaab poses to all Somalis. The United States will continue to work closely with Somali political leaders, the Somali National Army, and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces to defeat al-Shabaab.

Mogadishu has been enjoying relative peace and economic growth, but the attack in Mogadishu’s Ambassador Hotel highlights the risks the Shabab could pose to the country, despite defeats.




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