Devastating Tragedy Unfolds: Shocking News of 9 Casualties in Somalia’s Beachfront Hotel After Terrifying Militant Assault
A chaotic scene unfolded in Mogadishu over the weekend as al-Shabab militants launched a violent attack on the Pearl Beach hotel. The Somalia government claims that the attack has since ended, however, witnesses report that at least nine people were killed and 10 others injured in the assault. The police have confirmed that among those killed were six civilians and three security forces. While 84 people, including children, women, and elderly individuals, were safely rescued, the whereabouts of others remain unknown.
The attack began when two explosions rocked the hotel, followed by several armed individuals storming the building. Desperate screams and gunfire could be heard from inside as people tried to escape through the backdoors and windows. Despite ongoing efforts by Somalia’s security forces to neutralize al-Shabab militants, the group claimed responsibility for the attack and has said that they still retain full control over the hotel.
The Pearl Beach hotel is located near Lido Beach, a popular destination for politicians and members of the Somali diaspora visiting the capital city. This incident has occurred during a period of relative calm for Mogadishu, following the deployment of new military police in mid-April in and around the city. However, violence by the group has continued to wreak havoc in other parts of the country. In a separate, tragic incident on Friday, at least 27 people, including children, were killed and more than 50 injured in a massive blast from unexploded ordinance in the village of Muraale.
Despite the ongoing violence, Somalia announced its readiness to take over security responsibilities from the African Union peacekeeping mission in the country earlier on Friday. With 2,000 AU troops set to leave Somalia by the end of June, in line with U.N. Security Council Resolutions 2628 and 2670, Somalia’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed that they have recruited enough security forces to assume control of the security responsibilities currently handled by the outgoing AU troops. The AU peace mission is expected to fully exit Somalia by December 31, 2024.
This story is a prime example of the instability and tumultuous nature of Somalia’s political climate, and serves as a reminder of the violence and unrest that continues to plague the country.