Mogadishu: A Somali police officer says at the very least 10 folks have been killed and greater than a dozen others injured in an ongoing siege at a beachside resort in Somalia’s capital the place safety forces are battling Islamic extremist gunmen who’ve invaded the constructing.
Safety forces have to this point shot lifeless two of the attackers within the resort amid fears of hostage disaster contained in the complicated, mentioned Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman of Somalia’s info ministry.
Army automobiles might be seen taking positions across the resort amid the darkness of night time, that officers fear may delay the siege.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein instructed The Related Press that the assault began with a strong automobile bomb which blew off the safety gates to the Elite Lodge. Then gunmen ran inside and took hostages, largely younger women and men who had been eating on the resort, he mentioned.
Safety forces rescued greater than 10 folks from the siege and had been making an attempt to forestall the attackers from shifting as much as the highest ground, he mentioned.
Ambulance sirens might be heard within the space which has had an influence outage for the reason that assault began.
Somalia’s homegrown Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, who’re allied to al-Qaida, have claimed duty for the assault by way of its radio arm, Andalus.
The resort assault has shattered a interval of calm of some months. Earlier this 12 months Somalia had a spate of bomb assaults.
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