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After 30 hours, Somali forces end a deadly jihadist siege at Mogadishu hotel: Security commander

After 30 hours in Somalia, the hotel could be rescued from the clutches of Al Shabaab terrorists. 40 people are said to have died in the terrorist attack.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mogadishu: Big achievement by Somali forces as they ends deadly jihadists siege at Mogadishu hotel. 40 people lost their lives in Al Shabaab Terrorist Attack at Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, capital of East African country Somalia. According to reports, the siege of Somali defense forces was lifted from the hotel after about 30 hours.

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Islamic militants from the Al-Qaeda affiliate had stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital, engaging in an hours-long exchange of fire with the security forces that left at least 20 people dead, including 13 civilians, according to police and witnesses. In addition, at least 40 people were wounded in the late Friday night attack and security forces rescued many others, including children, from the scene at Mogadishu’s popular Hayat Hotel, they said Saturday. The attack started with explosions outside the hotel before the gunmen entered the building.

Al-Shabaab spokesman Abdiyasis Abu Musab said the group repulsed more than 15 attacks launched by government troops. On Friday night, a gunfight and three explosions broke out between Somali security forces and al-Shabaab militants at the Hyatt Hotel in Mogadishu. In Somali, this hotel is considered the place of choice for politicians and government officials. According to local media, the exchange of fire between the security officers and the attackers lasted for about 30 hours.

Let us tell you that with the fall of Siad Barre’s dictatorship in 1991, Somalia collapsed as a unified nation. The international community has recognized the federal government of Somalia as the legitimate authority. This same government controls the capital Mogadishu and many other regions. The al-Shabaab terrorist organization, which is considered a branch of the Pakistani terrorist organization Al Qaeda, has waged a war against the government in Somalia and controls a large area in the south and central part of the country.

Earlier, a security official said 13 civilians had been killed, while a hospital director said his facility was treating 40 wounded people from the hotel assault and a separate mortar attack in another part of the city.

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