Police Major Hassan Dahir confirmed to CNN that a shootout took place between militants and Somali security forces at the Hayat Hotel in the Somali capital, an area frequented by lawmakers and government officials.
Dahir said two security officials, including Mogadishu’s intelligence chief Muhydin Mohamed, were wounded in the ongoing attack. However, the details remained unclear as the siege continued.
In May, US President Joe Biden decided to deploy troops to Somalia to support the local government and counter Al-Shabaab. The move reversed former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all US troops from the country.