Al-Shabaab militants raid hotel in Somali capital with gunfire, bombs

(MENAFN) Al-Shabaab militants assaulted people in the hotel close to the governmental palace in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday, police as well as eyewitnesses stated, with bombs and gunfire heard in the city centre.

"A team of Al-Shabaab fighters attacked a commercial hotel in Bondhere district tonight (and) the security forces are engaging in an effort to eliminate them," national police representative Sadik Dudishe mentioned in an announcement.

He stated several civilians and administrators had been saved from the Villa Rose hotel, a general creation with politicians in a secure central area of the capital near to the office of Somalia's leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Observers mentioned hearing loud bombs and then after gunfire.

"I was close to Villa Rose when two heavy explosions rocked the hotel. There was heavy gunfire. The area was cordoned off and I saw people fleeing," as stated by Aadan Hussein, an eyewitness in Mogadishu.


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