Powerful explosions during the storming of an upscale hotel in the capital of Somalia

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.

Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on related online sites saying the gunmen managed to take over the hotel after they blew their way into the building. CNN has not confirmed this claim.
US airstrike on Sunday killed 13 members of the Al-Shabaab group.This was stated in a statement by the US Africa Command earlier this week. It is unclear if Friday’s attack is related to this strike.

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.

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