Somali security forces end Islamic extremists attack on hotel
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The attack was carried out by the Islamic extremist movement Al Shabab.

Somali security forces put an end on Saturday night to an attack by Islamic extremists on a hotel in Mogadishu, during which several civilians died, an official announced.

“The security forces have put an end to the attack and the attackers are dead. There was no shooting from the building at the last minute,” the official, who was not named, told the France-Presse (AFP) news agency, adding. that the Government was going to speak to the press this Sunday.

The attack, which lasted 30 hours, was carried out by the Islamic extremist movement Al Shabab, affiliated with the Al-Qaida terrorist network. In a statement, the group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The same official did not specify, at the end of the robbery at the Hayat Hotel, the number of civilian victims or the attackers. At least 13 civilians were killed at the start of the attack on Friday, according to a statement by the authorities, quoted by AFP.

On Saturday afternoon, the Europa Press news agency indicated, based on a preliminary assessment by the Somali authorities, that at least 30 people had died and 40 were injured.

The hotel was destroyed by bombing by security forces with the aim of eliminating the attackers, but the official told AFP that it was now necessary to deactivate any explosives that may have been placed there.

Allied Somali countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Turkey, as well as the UN and the African Union (AU), strongly condemned this attack, the largest perpetrated in Mogadishu since the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in May.

In addition to condemning the attack on the Hayat hotel, UN Secretary-General António Guterres renewed “the United Nations’ solidarity with the government and people of Somalia in the fight against terrorism and on the path to peace”, according to with a statement.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price recalled, in a statement, Washington’s “unwavering support” “for the efforts of Somalia and the African Union to combat terrorism”, while the United Kingdom’s embassy in Mogadishu stressed, on the social network Twitter, that London “remains on the side of Somalia to face those who seek to destroy what has been built”.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered “condolences to the families [of the victims] and the friendly and brother government of Somalia and its people”.

Source:With Agencies

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