April 23rd, 2024

Loud explosion is heard as Somali militant group says its fighters have attacked a hotel in capital

By Omar Faruk, The Associated Press on March 14, 2024.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – The Somali extremist group al-Shabab says its fighters have attacked a hotel in the capital Mogadishu where a loud explosion and gunfire have been heard.

Al-Shabab said on its Telegram channel that its fighters managed to penetrate the SYL Hotel, which is located not far from the presidential palace in a normally secure part of Mogadishu. The hotel is patronized by government officials.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

Attacks in the seaside capital had reduced in recent weeks amid a beefing up of security there. Al-Shabab, which opposes Somalia’s federal government, is responsible for many lethal attacks on hotels and other places over the years.

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