An ambulance is carrying an injured person to the Shaafi hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia on Tuesday. Feisal Omar/ Reuters
Five people were killed in an extremist attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said on Wednesday, adding that the victims were three civilians and two members of the security forces.
All five extremist fighters who stormed the hotel also died during the evening assault claimed by the Al Shabaab extremist group, a police statement said.
“Our brave security forces ended the terror attack on SYL hotel rescuing more than 80 people including government officials and civilians who stayed at the hotel when the attack occurred,” the statement read.
“The number of the dead we have confirmed is five, among them two members of the security forces and three civilians. Nine other civilians and two soldiers were also wounded slightly.”
The attack began when a gun battle broke out between the jihadists and members of the security forces guarding checkpoints leading to the nearby presidential palace.
Several witnesses described scenes of panic as the attack broke out.
Al Shabaab posted a statement online on Tuesday saying it had carried out an operation “which happened as planned.” It gave no further details.
At least 26 people, including many foreigners, were killed and 56 injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al Shabaab militants on a popular hotel in southern Somalia, a top regional official said on Saturday.
A big explosion was heard in the heart of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, with clouds of smoke seen above the scene of blast, a Reuters witness reported.
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