Startling News: WHO Report Claims Staff Member Was Among the Captives in Somalia Hotel Attack!
On Sunday June 11, 2023, news of the weekend siege at a beachside hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu emerged and left many in a state of perplexity. Among those killed in the attack was an employee with the World Health Organization, as confirmed by the head of the UN health agency. The loss was a tragedy and left Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus heartbroken as he took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the families of those affected by the attack.
Reports indicate that the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab were responsible for the attack. They have been waging an insurgency against the internationally backed federal government in Somalia for more than 15 years and have often targeted hotels, which tend to host high-ranking Somali and foreign officials. The latest assault began just before 8:00 pm on Friday (1700 GMT) when seven attackers stormed the Pearl Beach hotel, a popular spot at Lido Beach along Mogadishu’s coastline.
The resulting gunfight between security forces and the militants lasted for hours and ended early Saturday morning. The siege left six civilians dead and another 10 wounded, according to police reports.
Al-Shabaab, which was driven out of Somalia’s main towns and cities by an African Union force, still controls large swathes of countryside and continues to carry out attacks against security and civilian targets, including in the capital. As Somalia struggles to emerge from decades of conflict and natural disasters, the attack at Lido beach underscored the endemic security problems in the Horn of Africa.