Security forces finish siege at lodge close to Villa Somalia

Monday, November 28, 2022

Mogadishu (AX) – Security forces in Somalia’s capital have ended a siege by al Shabab militants at Villa Ray’s lodge, which killed eight civilians and a authorities soldier. At the least 60 others had been rescued from the lodge through the assault.

Police spokesman, Sadiq Adan Ali Dodishe, mentioned six attackers had been concerned within the assault; 5 had been shot useless by safety forces, whereas the opposite blew himself up with a suicide vest.

Elite safety forces battled the militants for 21 hours – from Sunday night time to Monday afternoon – after al Shabab blew up and shot into the lodge, in style with lawmakers and different senior authorities officers.

The spokesman added that 5 authorities troopers had been injured, however no civilians had been severely injured.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated group al-Shabab has claimed accountability for the assault.

An eyewitness described listening to a “large explosion, followed by a heavy exchange of gunfire”.

At the least one minister, Mohamed Ahmed, was reportedly injured, whereas one other, Surroundings Minister Adam Aw Hirsi, informed reporters he had survived the assault.

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